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Victory in the East : A Military History of the First Crusade - John France

Victory in the East

A Military History of the First Crusade

Paperback Published: 10th February 1997
ISBN: 9780521589871
Number Of Pages: 444

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The success of the First Crusade, and its capture of Jerusalem in 1099, has been conventionally explained by its ideological and political motivation. This book looks at the First Crusade primarily as a military campaign and asks why it was so successful. Modern writing about the crusade has tended to emphasize the moral dimension and the development of the idea of the crusade, but its fate was ultimately decided on the field of battle. This book looks at the nature of war at the end of the eleventh century and the military experience of all the contending parties in order to explain its extraordinary success.

'... a major contribution ... France has done his field work as well as reading the chronicles, travelling the route of the First Crusade and visiting the main battlefields ... The book shows that scrupulously researched and intelligently written military history can shed light on many aspects of the First Crusade, and can be a delight to read in the process.' Hugh Kennedy, The Times Literary Supplement 'This is a compelling study which ... manages to be both scholarly and highly readable; it is even exciting in places. It is an outstanding book that deserves to be a classic text not only on the Crusades, but also on medieval warfare as a whole.' European Review of History

List of figuresp. x
Acknowledgementsp. xi
List of abbreviationsp. xiii
The roots of victoryp. 1
War in the Westp. 26
Campaigns, generals and leadershipp. 52
Preparations and prcludep. 80
The size of the crusader armyp. 122
The first enemy: the Turks of Asia Minorp. 143
The second enemy: the siege of Antiochp. 197
The siege of Antioch: crisis and deliveryp. 236
The siege of Antioch: victoryp. 269
Divisionsp. 297
Jerusalem: triumphant endingp. 325
Perspectivesp. 367
A note on the sourcesp. 374
Select bibliographyp. 383
Indexp. 408
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ISBN: 9780521589871
ISBN-10: 0521589878
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 444
Published: 10th February 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 2.5
Weight (kg): 0.63