Victory in the East: A Military History of the First Crusade

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Cambridge University Press, 1994 - Crusades - 425 pages
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The success of the First Crusade, and its capture of Jerusalem in 1099, has been conventionally explained in terms of its ideological and political motivation. This book looks at the First Crusade primarily as a military campaign and asks why it was so successful. Modern writing about the crusade has tended to emphasise the moral dimension and the development of the idea of the crusade, but its fate was ultimately decided on the field of battle. Victory in the East looks at the nature of war at the end of the eleventh century and the military experience of all the contending parties in order to explain its extraordinary success. It is the first such examination, taking into account all other factors but emphasising the military.
 

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Deliberately avoiding the tendency to consider the First Crusade from a primarily religio-ideological perspective, France adopts a military one instead. Religious fervour was of course of importance ... Read full review

Contents

The roots of victory
1
War in the West
26
Campaigns generals and leadership
52
Preparations and prelude
80
The size of the crusader army
122
The first enemy the Turks of Asia Minor
143
The second enemy the siege of Antioch
197
The siege of Antioch crisis and delivery
236
The siege of Antioch victory
269
Divisions
297
Jerusalem triumphant end1ng
325
Perspectives
367
A note on the sources
374
Select bibliography
383
Index
408
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