Helen Nicholson recently reviewed Jonathan Riley-Smith, The Crusades, Christianity, and Islam (New York: Columbia University Press, 2011) for Medievally Speaking. The review was curated by Michael Evans.
This volume contains a slightly revised edition of the Bampton Lectures in America that Jonathan Riley-Smith presented at Columbia University in 2007. The material draws together and builds on research and discussion which Professor Riley-Smith has published separately elsewhere. It provides a useful summary of his views on the nature of medieval crusading, but also continues the history of the movement into modern times. Riley-Smith shows how the concept of crusading and particularly of the military-religious orders was used as an instrument of imperialism during the nineteenth century and into the early twentieth…. READ THE FULL REVIEW HERE