The Crusades

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Born amid immense suffering and bloodshed, the Kingdom of Jerusalem remained a battlefield for almost 200 years. The Crusades gave rise to the Military Orders of the Templars and Hospitallers, and were a backdrop to the careers of some of history's most famous leaders including Richard 'The Lionheart' and Saladin. On occasion the savagery of the Crusaders left their opponents reeling, creating frictions that survived for more than 700 years. At the same time, as this book lavishly illustrates, art, architecture ...

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Overview

Born amid immense suffering and bloodshed, the Kingdom of Jerusalem remained a battlefield for almost 200 years. The Crusades gave rise to the Military Orders of the Templars and Hospitallers, and were a backdrop to the careers of some of history's most famous leaders including Richard 'The Lionheart' and Saladin. On occasion the savagery of the Crusaders left their opponents reeling, creating frictions that survived for more than 700 years. At the same time, as this book lavishly illustrates, art, architecture and learning all benefited from new knowledge the Crusaders brought back from the East.

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This lavishly illustrated mini-text introduces readers to the hundreds of years of conflict commonly known in Western history as the Crusades. The author (affiliation unknown) details topics such as who the warring sides were and how certain battles played out, as well as providing portraits of foot soldiers and civilians involved at a variety of levels in the conflicts. Color and b&w photographs, maps, and drawings highlight both the details of some of the campaigns and the rich artistic and architectural heritage of the period. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781841761794
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 1/28/2001
  • Series: Essential Histories Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 469,571
  • Product dimensions: 6.75 (w) x 9.75 (h) x 0.25 (d)

Meet the Author

David Nicolle PhD was born in 1944 and was educated at Highgate School. For eight years he worked in the BBC Arabic Service. In 1971 he went 'back to school', gaining an MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies and a PhD from Edinburgh University. For some years he taught art and architectural history at Yarmuk University, Jordan. David has written many Osprey titles, including Men-at-Arms 140 ‘Armies of the Ottoman Turks’, Men-at-Arms 320 ‘Armies of the Caliphates 862–1098’, and Campaign 43 ‘Fornovo 1495’.

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Table of Contents

Preface
I Medieval Man 1
II The Latin West and Byzantium 53
III The First Crusade (1096-1099) 78
IV The Pioneers of Frankish Syria (1099-1102) 143
V The Formation of the Frankish States of Syria (1102-1112) 187
VI The Kingdom and its Neighbors (1112-1131) 230
VII The Franks Between Byzantium and Islam: Aleppo, Damascus, and Cairo (1131-1174) 303
VIII The Fall of the Frankish Kingdom (1174-1188) 384
IX The Crusade of the Kings (1188-1192) 437
X Frankish Syria, a Doomed Kingdom 467
XI Frankish Syria as an Eastern Province 494
XII Eastern Christendom 531
XIII The Reckoning 551
Conclusion 579
Genealogical Tables 596
Chronology 602
Notes 621
Bibliography 628
Index of Proper Names 633
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