Steven Runciman

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Sir James Cochran Stevenson Runciman CH (7 July 1903 – 1 November 2000), better known as Sir Steven Runciman, was a British historian known for his studies of eastern Christendom during the Middle Ages.

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  • Unlike Christianity, which preached a peace that it never achieved, Islam unashamedly came with a sword.
    • A History of the Crusades (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, [1951-54] 1957) vol. 1 p. 15.
  • I believe that the supreme duty of the historian is to write history, that is to say, to attempt to record in one sweeping sequence the greater events and movements that have swayed the destinies of man.
    • A History of the Crusades (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, [1951-54] 1957) vol. 3 p. xiii.
  • Riches should come as the reward for hard work, preferably one's forebears'.
    • A Traveller's Alphabet (London: Thames and Hudson, 1991); quoted in The Times Literary Supplement, February 2, 2001.

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