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Osprey Essential Histories 1 : The Crusades

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 Hopitallers, and were a backdrop to the careers of some of history's most famous leaders including Richard 'The Lionheart' and Saladin. Text by David Nicolle.

    Contents
  • Introduction
  • Chronology
  • Background to War : Christendom and Islam in the 11th century
  • Warring Sides : Byzantines, Turks, Crusaders and Saracens
  • Outbreak : The First Crusade
  • The Fighting : Crusade and Jihad
  • Portrait of a Soldier : Brothers in Arms : Two Crusaders : Two Fursan
  • The World around War : The Impact of the Crusades on the Mediterranean and Beyond
  • Portrait of a Civilian : A Saint, a Lady, a Rabbi and a Scholar
  • How the War Ended : The Rise of the Mamluks and the Fall of the Crusader State
  • Conclusion and Consequences : The Failure of an Idea and the Rebirth of Islamic Expansion

 

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