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Jonathan Sumption, 16 July 1981

Crusader Institutions 
by Joshua Prawer.
Oxford, 519 pp., £30, September 1980, 0 19 822536 9
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... fortresses of immense strength. Historical parallels should not, of course, be pushed too far. Joshua Prawer is the Professor of Medieval European History at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Of the 19 essays in this volume ten are new. The other nine (which include the most interesting) have appeared before in arcane professional journals, but ...

Church of Garbage

Robert Irwin, 3 February 2000

The Crusades: Islamic Perspectives 
by Carole Hillenbrand.
Edinburgh, 648 pp., £80, July 1999, 0 7486 0905 9
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... of the Crusaders in the Near East should have offered opportunities as well as dangers. Yet, as Joshua Prawer, a distinguished Israeli historian of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem, lamented, for two hundred years the Frankish settlers ‘lived among the Muslims and Greeks, who had something to teach Europe’, but the Crusader Kingdom never became ...

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