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"Battles of the Crusades" introduces 20 key battles from this period of religiously-inspired conflict in Europe and the Middle East. Beginning with the battle of Dorylaeum (1097), where Anglo-French heavy cavalry decisively defeated a much larger Turkish army, and finishing with the battle of Varna (1444), where Sultan Murad II's Ottoman army destroyed a combined Hungarian and Polish force, examples from every era and campaign are featured. The First Crusade is represented by battles at Antioch (1098), Jerusalem (1099), and Harran (1104), while battles between the Crusader states and their Muslim neighbours include Sarmada (1119), Montgisard (1177) and Saladin's destruction of the Crusader army at Hattin (1187). Colourful accounts of lesser-known Crusades, such as the Christian recapture of Lisbon (1147), the massacre of the Albigensian heretics at Beziers (1209) and the destruction of Louis IX's expensively assembled crusader army at Mansura (1250), are also included. Battles from the Reconquista of Spain (Las Navas, 1212) and the expansion of the Teutonic Knights (Lake Peipus, 1242, and Grunwald, 1410) make this a rounded account of 400 years of religious conflict. Each battle includes a contextual introduction, a concise description of the action and an analysis of the aftermath. It also includes more than 200 colour maps, artworks and photographs.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781862274341
ISBN-10: 1862274347
Format: Paperback
(300mm x 240mm x 20mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Spellmount Publishers Ltd
Publisher: The History Press Ltd
Publish Date: 1-Jul-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom


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Author Biography - Kelly DeVries

The six authors have been carefully selected for their specific expertise: Kelly DeVries, Professor of History at Loyola College, Maryland; Iain Dickie,.editor of Miniature Wargames Magazine; defence expert and author Martin J Dougherty; Phyllis G. Jestice, Assistant Professor of Medieval History, University of Southern Mississippi; European warfare specialist Christer Jorgensen; Michael F. Pavkovic, associate professor of strategy and policy at the US Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island.

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