Hattin, 1187: Saladin's greatest victory

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Praeger, 2005 - History - 95 pages
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The most decisive battle in the history of the crusades was fought on 3-4 July 1187 west of Tiberias in what is modern-day Israel. In the late twelfth century, however, this was part of the Christian kingdom of Jerusalem ruled by Guy of Lusgnan which was threatened by Salah al-Din Yusuf ibn Ayyub, known to western historians as Saladin. He had invaded the kingdom of Jerusalem and laid siege to the city of Tiberias to draw the Christian army into battle. Raymond of Tripoli and Balian of Ibelin recommended that Tiberias, which Saladin could not hold for any length of time, be abandoned. Both these men were 'poulains', Franks born in the east who knew their enemy well and had a lifetime's experience of war in the Levant; indeed it was Raymond's wife Eschiva who was defending Tiberias. Their wiser council was rejected in favour of the advice of men like Reynald of Chatillon and Gerard de Ridefort to attack the Saracens. These men were western knights who despised the Franks of the east as effete and weak. Their experience of Levantine warfare was limited, however, and the campaign proved disastrous. In a running two day battle on the waterless plateau between Saffuriya and Tiberias, beneath a burning sun, Saladin's troops destroyed the Christian army. The disaster at Hattin resulted in the collapse of the kingdom of Jerusalem and sparked off the Third Crusade under Richard I 'Coeur de Lion'. This book examines Hattin in detail and looks at the consequences of the battle.

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

there is a good local map for dreaming up your own wargames in the area. Goodness knows there has been a great deal of fighting in the neighbourhood. Clear text, but not much of the actual movements in the battle have come down to us. Read full review

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Why on earth have I read so many books on the Crusades? What is wrong with me, seriously? Read full review

Contents

Origins of the Campaign
7
The Opposing Leaders
14
The Opposing Armies
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David Nicolle is the author of "Attila and the Nomad Hordes, The Crusades, "and "Medieval Warfare Source Book."

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