The Crusader Armies

Author: Steve Tibble

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300241143

Category: History

Page: 431

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A major new history of the Crusades that illuminates the strength and sophistication of the Western and Muslim armies During the Crusades, the Western and Muslim armies developed various highly sophisticated strategies of both attack and defense, which evolved during the course of the battles. In this ambitious new work, Steve Tibble draws on a wide range of Muslim texts and archaeological evidence as well as more commonly cited Western sources to analyze the respective armies’ strategy, adaptation, evolution, and cultural diversity and show just how sophisticated the Crusader armies were even by today’s standards. In the first comprehensive account of the subject in sixty years, Tibble takes a fresh approach to Templars, Hospitallers, and other key Orders and makes the controversial proposition that the Crusades were driven as much by sedentary versus nomadic tribal concerns as by religious conflict. This fluently written, broad-ranging narrative provides a crucial missing piece in the study of the West’s attempts to colonize the Middle East during the Middle Ages.

The Crusader Strategy

Author: Steve Tibble

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300253117

Category: History

Page: 376

View: 3086

A new look at the crusaders, which shows how they pursued long-term plans and clear strategic goals Medieval states, and particularly crusader societies, often have been considered brutish and culturally isolated. It seems unlikely that they could develop "strategy" in any meaningful sense. However, the crusaders were actually highly organized in their thinking and their decision making was rarely random. In this lively account, Steve Tibble draws on a rich array of primary sources to reassess events on the ground and patterns of behavior over time. He shows how, from aggressive castle building to implementing a series of invasions of Egypt, crusader leaders tenaciously pursued long-term plans and devoted single-minded attention to clear strategic goals. Crusader states were permanently on the brink of destruction; resources were scarce and the penalties for failure severe. Intuitive strategic thinking, Tibble argues, was a necessity, not a luxury.

The Crusader States and their Neighbours

Author: Nicholas Morton

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0192557998

Category: History

Page: 288

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The Crusader States and their Neighbours explores the military history of the Medieval Near East, piecing together the fault-lines of conflict which entangled this much-contested region. This was an area where ethnic, religious, dynastic, and commercial interests collided and the causes of war could be numerous. Conflicts persisted for decades and were fought out between many groups including Kurds, Turks, Armenians, Arabs, and the crusaders themselves. Nicholas Morton recreates this world, exploring how each faction sought to advance its own interests by any means possible, adapting its warcraft to better respond to the threats posed by their rivals. Strategies and tactics employed by the pastoral societies of the Central Asian Steppe were pitted against the armies of the agricultural societies of Western Christendom, Byzantium, and the Islamic World, galvanising commanders to adapt their practices in response to their foes. Today, we are generally encouraged to think of this era as a time of religious conflict, and yet this vastly over-simplifies a complex region where violence could take place for many reasons and peoples of different faiths could easily find themselves fighting side-by-side.

Western Warfare In The Age Of The Crusades, 1000-1300

Author: John France

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1000159205

Category: History

Page: 344

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In 1095 the First Crusade was launched, establishing a great military endeavour which was a central preoccupation of Europeans until the end of the thirteenth century. In Western warfare in the age of the Crusades, 1000-1300 John France offers a wide-ranging and challenging survey of war and warfare and its place in the development of European Society, culture and economy in the period of the Crusades. Placing the crusades in a wider context, this book brings together the wealth of recent scholarly research on such issues as knighthood, siege warfare, chivalry and fortifications into an accessible form. Western warfare in the age of the Crusades, 1000-1300 examines the nature of war in the period 1000-1300 and argues that it was primarily shaped by the people who conducted war - the landowners. John France illuminates the role of property concerns in producing the characteristic instruments of war: the castle and the knight. This authoritative study details the way in which war was fought and the reasons for it as well as reflecting on the society which produced the crusades.

Shipping, Trade and Crusade in the Medieval Mediterranean

Author: Dr Ruthy Gertwagen,Professor Elizabeth Jeffreys

Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.

ISBN: 1409483126

Category: History

Page: 444

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The cutting-edge papers in this collection reflect the wide areas to which John Pryor has made significant contributions in the course of his scholarly career. They are written by some of the world's most distinguished practitioners in the fields of Crusading history and the maritime history of the medieval Mediterranean. His colleagues, students and friends discuss questions including ship construction in the fourth and fifteenth centuries, navigation and harbourage in the eastern Mediterranean, trade in Fatimid Egypt and along the Iberian Peninsula, military and social issues arising among the crusaders during field campaigns, and wider aspects of medieval warfare. All those with an interest in any of these subjects, whether students or specialists, will need to consult this book.

The Crusades

Author: Martin Erbstösser

Publisher: Universe Pub


Category: History

Page: 207

View: 1105

Considers the economic, social, and intellectual motivations for the Crusades, regarding them as a clash of three cultures, the Arabian Caliphate, the Byzantine Empire, and Western Europe

The Crusades

Author: Alan V. Murray

Publisher: N.A


Category: Crusades

Page: 440

View: 1157

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The Crusades

Author: Brenda Stalcup

Publisher: Greenhaven Press, Incorporated

ISBN: 9781565109933

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 258

View: 2365

Essays by experts in the field discuss the political trends and consequences of the period, including social and economic aspects, pivotal leaders, and the long term cultural ramifications.

Byzantium and the Crusades

Author: Jonathan Harris

Publisher: Burns & Oates


Category: History

Page: 259

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Offers a new perspective on the Byzantine interaction with western Europe, the crusades, and the crusader states.

The Crusades

Author: Bernard Hamilton

Publisher: Sutton Pub Limited


Category: History

Page: 108

View: 8036

This text provides an accessible overview of the crusades and medieval crusading activity. It spans almost 200 years, from the launching of the First Crusade in 1095 by Pope Urban II to liberate Jerusalem from Muslim rule, through the defending of the Holy Land and later crusades from the West.