Susanna A. Throop is Associate Professor and Department Chair of History at Ursinus College. She is the author of Crusading as an Act of Vengeance, 1095-1216, and co-editor of Vengeance in the Middle Ages: Emotion, Religion and Feud and The Crusades and Visual Culture.
"This book is amazing. It's short but thorough, using the latest scholarship but easy to read. It's the best place to start for a general survey of the Crusades that covers everything from start to finish and does so by reflecting not just what the Crusades "were" but how they've been studied, from narrow views that limit "crusading" to Jerusalem to those who also think about the Baltic, Spain, and even crusades launched internal to Europe."Matthew Gabriele, associate professor and Coordinator of Medieval & Early Modern Studies in the Department of Religion and Culture at Virginia Tech, in "5 Books To Help You Understand The Crusades", Forbes 19 September 2018: https: //www.forbes.com/sites/matthewgabriele/2018/09/19/5-books-crusades/#20e8ca1f6147