From the Back Cover of the 2007 edition:
Alea Iacta Est - The die is cast!
These Quick Start Rules contain everything needed to create heroic characters and enter a world of fantastic adventure. A world where brave adventurers battle ancient dragons, descend into dungeons in search of treasure and glory, and rescue mystic artifacts from the clutches of evil wizards. They are designed to give you a taste of real fantasy role playing, whether you are an advocate of the old school and an apprentice of the new, C&C gives you the game you want to play because it is malleable to your style of play.
Easy-to-learn, fast and fun to play, Castles & Crusades is the game for those who enjoy tales of high adventure and epic fantasy.
Castles & Crusades easy-to-learn attribute-based rules system allows players to choose among 13 archetypal character classes and 7 races to create their characters. Spells, equipment, fast-based combat rules, and all essential information needed for the players of Castles & Crusades is in this book.
Gather some friends, grab some dice, and unleash your imagination you’re entering the grand adventure that is Castles & Crusades!