The Creation of the Principality of Antioch, 1098-1130

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Boydell & Brewer Ltd, 2000 - History - 233 pages
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The First Crusade wrought many changes across the medieval world, not least in Levant, where the expedition culminated in the Frankish conquest of much of Syria and Palestine. This book is the first major study of the early history of one of these Latin settlements, the principality of Antioch; it reasserts the significance of Antioch, and challenges the dominant position of the kingdom of Jerusalem in modern crusading historiography. Thomas Asbridge examines the formation of Antioch's political, military and ecclesiastical frameworks and explains how the principality survived in the hostile political environment of the Near East. He also demonstrates that Latin Antioch was shaped by the complex world of the Levant, facing a diverse range of influences and potential threats from the neighbouring forces of Byzantium and Islam. Historians of the Frankish East and of medieval Europe in the eleventh century will find this an important contribution to crusading history; it is also a significant contribution to the study of frontier societies and medieval communities. THOMAS S. ASBRIDGE is lecturer in early medieval history at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London.
 

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Contents

Northern Syria
1
The Birth of the Principality
15
The regions occupied by the Latins by the spring of 1099
44
The Formation of the Principality
47
The principality on the eve of the battle of Harran April 1104
54
The principality on the eve of the battle of Artah April 1105
58
The principality at the time of Tancreds death in 1112
68
The principality in the aftermath of the battle of the Field of Blood August 1119
78
Relations with Other Latin Settlements in the East
104
The Princes of Antioch
129
Lordship in the Principality
155
The Development of Institutions
181
The Latin Patriarchate of Antioch
195
Conclusion
214
Index
225
Copyright

Relations with the Byzantine Empire
92

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About the author (2000)

Thomas Asbridge is Lecturer in Early Medieval History at Queen Mary, University of London. An acknowledged expert on the history of the Crusades, he has traveled extensively in the Near East following the route of the First Crusade.

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