The Crusader Armies

1099-1187

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Steve Tibble
  • New Haven, CT: 
    Yale University Press
    , August
     2018.
     424 pages.
     $35.00.
     Hardcover.
    ISBN
    9780300218145.
     For other formats: Link to Publisher's Website.
Review coming soon!

Review by Thomas F. Madden forthcoming.

Description

A major new history of the Crusades that illuminates the strength and sophistication of the Western and Muslim armies.

During the Crusades, the Western and Muslim armies developed various highly sophisticated strategies of both attack and defense, which evolved during the course of the battles. In this ambitious new work, Steve Tibble draws on a wide range of Muslim texts and archaeological evidence as well as more commonly cited Western sources to analyze the respective armies’ strategy, adaptation, evolution, and cultural diversity and show just how sophisticated the Crusader armies were even by today’s standards.
 
In the first comprehensive account of the subject in sixty years, Tibble takes a fresh approach to Templars, Hospitallers, and other key Orders and makes the controversial proposition that the Crusades were driven as much by sedentary versus nomadic tribal concerns as by religious conflict. This fluently written, broad-ranging narrative provides a crucial missing piece in the study of the West’s attempts to colonize the Middle East during the Middle Ages.

About the Author(s)/Editor(s)/Translator(s): 

Steve Tibble is Honorary Research Associate at Royal Holloway, University of London, and the author of Monarchy and Lordships in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem, 1099–1291. He lives in London.

 

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