The Creation of the Principality of Antioch, 1098-1130
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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The Birth of the Principality
The regions occupied by the Latins by the spring of 1099
The Formation of the Principality
The principality on the eve of the battle of Harran April 1104
The principality on the eve of the battle of Artah April 1105
The principality at the time of Tancreds death in 1112
The principality in the aftermath of the battle of the Field of Blood August 1119
Relations with the Byzantine Empire
Aachen recorded al-Atharib Albara Albert of Aachen Aleppo Alexius Anna Antiochene Apamea Armenian Artah attack authority Azaz battle Bohemond Bourcq Bursuq Byzantine empire campaign capture charter issued Cilicia city of Antioch Comnenus county of Edessa crusade leaders evidence Field of Blood force Frankish Fulcher of Chartres garrison Greek Harim held Hereafter cited Il-ghazi Jabal as-Summaq Joscelin of Courtenay Kafartab Kemal ad-Din Kern King Baldwin kingdom of Jerusalem land Latakia Latin army Latin East Latin rulers Latin settlements lordship Ma'arrat-an-Nu'man Mamistra Marash Matthew of Edessa Maudud military Muslim Norman northern Syria noted patriarch of Antioch prince of Antioch principality principality's probably Ralph of Caen Raymond of Aguilers Raymond of Toulouse region Ridwan Roger of Salerno rulers of Antioch Shaizar siege sources Tancred Tancred's Tarsus town Treaty of Devol Tripoli troops Usamah vassals Walter the Chancellor William of Tyre Zardana