Saladin: The background, strategies, tactics and battlefield experiences of the greatest commanders of history

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This Osprey Command book looks closely at the early life, military experiences and key battlefield exploits of Al-Malik al-Nasir Yusuf Ibn Najm al-Din Ayyub Ibn Shahdi Abu'l-Muzaffar Salah al-Din - or Saladin as he is more commonly known outside the Islamic world - who is broadly regarded as the greatest hero of the Crusades, even in Europe. Most chroniclers present him as a man of outstanding virtue, courage and political skill.

More recently, however, efforts have been made to...

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Overview

This Osprey Command book looks closely at the early life, military experiences and key battlefield exploits of Al-Malik al-Nasir Yusuf Ibn Najm al-Din Ayyub Ibn Shahdi Abu'l-Muzaffar Salah al-Din - or Saladin as he is more commonly known outside the Islamic world - who is broadly regarded as the greatest hero of the Crusades, even in Europe. Most chroniclers present him as a man of outstanding virtue, courage and political skill.

More recently, however, efforts have been made to portray Saladin as an ambitious, ruthless and even devious politician, and as a less brilliant commander than it normally thought. This book sets out to reveal that the truth is, as usual, somewhere in between.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781849083171
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/19/2011
  • Series: Command Series
  • Pages: 64
  • Sales rank: 952,799
  • Product dimensions: 7.08 (w) x 9.70 (h) x 0.19 (d)

Meet the Author

Born in 1944, David Nicolle worked in the BBC's Arabic service for a number of years before gaining an MA from the School of Oriental and African Studies, London, and a doctorate from Edinburgh University. He has written numerous books and articles on medieval and Islamic warfare, and has been a prolific author of Osprey titles for many years.
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Table of Contents

Introduction 4

Chronology 8

The Early Years 10

The Military Life 13

The Hour of Destiny 19

Opposing Commanders 44

Inside the Mind 51

When War is Done 53

A Life in Words 56

Further Reading 60

Glossary 63

Index 64

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