Noble Ideals and Bloody Realities: Warfare in the Middle Ages

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Niall Christie, Maya Yazigi
Brill, 2006 - History - 269 pages
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The contributions presented in this volume address several issues related to the topic of medieval warfare from a variety of disciplinary perspectives and examining a number of geographical regions. The contributors analyze social and economic issues, military strategy, technological and medical developments, ideology and rhetoric, and address warfare in Europe, the Byzantine Empire and the Muslim world. In three parts, the contributors explore warfare in theory, warfare in practice and warfare as perceived through medieval and modern historiography. In doing so they present a number of engaging case studies that will be of use to students and scholars interested in warfare and its effects on medieval society.

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Medieval Warfare and the Value of a Human Life
Religious Campaign or War of Conquest? Muslim Views
Thinking about Crusader Strategy

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Niall G.F. Christie, Ph.D. (1999) in medieval Islamic history, University of St Andrews, teaches religious studies and history at the University of British Columbia and Corpus Christi College in Vancouver, Canada. He is a specialist in the crusades.Maya Yazigi, Ph.D. (2001) in Islamic Studies, University of California – Los Angeles, is Assistant Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada. She is a specialist in early Islamic history.

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