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Author(s): Peter Frankopan
"Peter Frankopan's reassessment of the Byzantine contribution to the origins and course of the First Crusade offers a compelling and challenging balance to traditional accounts. Based on fresh interpretations of primary sources, lucidly written and forcefully argued, The First Crusade will demand attention from scholars while providing an enjoyable and accessible narrative for the general reader" -- Christopher Tyerman, Author Of God's War: A New History Of The Crusades "In this fluent and dramatic account, Frankopan - quite rightly - places the Emperor Alexios at the heart of the First Crusade... Frankopan illuminates the complex challenges that faced Alexios and deftly depicts the boldness and finesse needed to survive in the dangerous world of medieval Byzantium" -- Jonathan Phillips, Author Of Holy Warriors "A dazzling book, perfectly combining deep scholarship and easy readability. The most important addition to Crusading literature since Runciman" -- John Julius Norwich "Frankopan [writes with] tremendous literary verve. The cry to free Jerusalem has never been better expressed. Frankopan's creative revisionism pierces the armour of medieval history with a new weapon: the call of the East" -- Colin Gardner Oxford Times "A nuanced and often counterintuitive story of power politics, international diplomacy and war and, ultimately that very rare thing - a truly fresh interpretation of an old story" -- Michael Hodges Time Out
Peter Frankopan is Senior Research Fellow at Worcester College, Oxford and Director the Centre for Byzantine Research at Oxford University. He took a First in History and was Schiff Scholar at Jesus College, Cambridge before completing his doctorate at Oxford, where he was Senior Scholar at Corpus Christi College. He has lectured at leading universities all over the world, including Cambridge, Yale, Harvard, Princeton, NYU, King's College London, and the Institute of Historical Research. His revised translation of The Alexiad by Anna Komnene was published in 2009.