A strong editorial structure guides students through the competing perspectives that have dominated scholarly discussion. An opening introduction summarises relevant historical events and provides an overview of the historiography. Each article is then contextualised by the editor with a discussion of its significance to scholarship.
Thomas F. Madden is Associate Professor of History and Chair at Saint Louis University. He has published numerous studies on the crusades including 'The Fourth Crusade: The Conquest of Constantinople (1997) and 'A Concise History of the Crusades' (1999).