The Crusader Armies: 1099–1187

by Steve Tibble

Hardcover, 2018



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Yale University Press (2018), 424 pages


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.… (more)

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Pretty Good Maps are a feature of this effort at analyzing the warfare. As the Author points out "History is a detective story with the last pages written and presented first." We know how things turned out, and thus we are short of explorations of the might-have-beens. To the people alive at the
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time, there was a larger number of possibilities, for good or ill. His explanations are fairly simple: the types of manpower available, and the amount of usable cash were heavily in favour of the Islamic powers. The Crusaders could not afford to lose even one big battle, and their biggest chance was to create or increase Islamic disunity. When the Turkic Nur-ed-din died, and the Kurd Salahaddin linked Egypt and Syria under one government, the gig was up. The prose is not striking, but the ideas are clearly presented. There is also a chronological list of the major clashes.
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424 p.; 6.3 inches


0300218141 / 9780300218145
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