Saladin: Leadership, Strategy, Conflict

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Osprey Publishing, 2011 - History - 64 pages
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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 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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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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About the author (2011)

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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