The first crusade the call from the east peter frankopan on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers according to tradition the first crusade began at the instigation of pope urban ii and culminated in july 1099. The first crusade the call from the east by peter frankopan is a highly readable and carefully researched account of byzantine politics. It is 60 years since sir steven runciman gave us the view of the first crusade from the bosphorus and it is pleasing to see it updated with scholarship and flair this is a good introduction to the crusade for readers who are happy to see it portrayed as an instrument of byzantine foreign policy. From the author of the no 1 bestseller the silk roads a new history of the worldthe first crusade is one of the best known and most written about events in history but in this new book dr peter frankopan asks vital questions that have never been posed beforethis is the only book to address the history of the first crusade from the perspective of the east examining the role of the . The decades prior to the first crusade had witnessed the emergence of a heightened sense of christian solidarity of a shared christian history and destiny that united east and west this was largely the result of increased movement of people and ideas across europe but it was also deliberately cultivated by byzantine propaganda
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