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Saladin and the Fall of Jerusalem (Paperback)

Richard the Lionheart, the Crusades and the Battle for the Holy Land

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By Stanley Lane-Poole, Introduction by David Nicolle
Frontline Books
Pages: 288
ISBN: 9781848328747
Published: 12th October 2016

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Saladin is a legendary figure in the history of the Middle East. His rise to prominence in the tumultuous arena of twelfth-century Middle Eastern politics was rapid and he quickly established himself as an intrepid statesman as well as a formidable military commander of great skill, but equally a man of honour.

This detailed biography of Saladin, and history of his life and times, was written by the eminent historian Stanley Lane-Poole, who was able to access the rich and colourful chronicles of Arab historians, which provide us with a brilliant insight into the life and deeds of this warrior-monarch.

Based on a lifetime of study, Saladin and the Fall of Jersusalem examines Saladin’s youth, his military development, his conquest of Egypt and Syria, the Holy War against the crusaders and, crucially, his duel with Richard the Lionheart, including the struggle over Acre and, of course, the fall of Jerusalem.


‘Stanley Lane-Poole has rendered valuable service in his different works by presenting various phases of Oriental history and life in such a way as to interest even those to whom such subjects are ordinarily a sealed book’.
The American Historical Review

This remarkable biography explores the life and exploits of a legendary sovereign and warlord: Saladin. Based on an in-depth study by a prominent historian, Stanley Lane-Poole.

Prétorien magazine, N°43

An ambitious and very complete military biography
of Saladin.

VaeVictis, January - February 2017

Saladin is a legendary figure in the history of the Middle East. Based on a lifetime of study, Saladin and the Fall of Jerusalem examines Saladin’s youth, his military development, his conquest of Egypt and Syria, the Holy War against the crusaders and, crucially, his duel with Richard the Lionheart, including the struggle over Acre and, of course, the fall of Jerusalem.

Pennant, Forces Pension Society

Republished complete and unabridged with some minor alterations and the addition of introductory material by Dr David Nicolle, who also supplied the images in the picture section.
Stanley provides great detail about this battle; how the infantry maddened with thirst, scorched by the burning sun, and blinded by the flame and smoke of the bush which the Muslims had fired, lost their formation.

Duncan Harrington, KFHS

About Stanley Lane-Poole

Stanley Lane-Poole was an eminent historian who specialised in studies of the Middle East. His works included The Moors in Spain, The Art of the Saracens and Cairo. Dr David Nicolle is an acknowledged expert on medieval military history, specialising in the Middle East.


About David Nicolle

David Nicolle is a leading expert on the history of medieval warfare, in particular the Crusades and Middle Eastern warfare, and he is a prolific writer of books on these subjects as well as articles and magazine articles.

Among his many previous works are The Hundred Years War; The Mongol Warlords;Saladin and the Saracens; The Crusades; The Medieval Warfare Sourcebook; Hattin 1187 and Fighting for the Faith.

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