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Warfare in the Age of Crusades (Hardback)

The Latin East

Military

By John Cairns, Brian Todd Carey, Illustrations by Joshua B Allfree
Imprint: Pen & Sword Military
Pages: 344
Illustrations: 50 illustrations and maps
ISBN: 9781526730213
Published: 12th December 2022

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'...I wholeheartedly recommend Warfare in the Age of the Crusades: The Latin East for its scholarly merit and its capacity to captivate and educate a diverse readership. Its thorough exploration of the Crusading era, combined with its accessible narrative style, ensures that it will be a valued addition to any library. In embracing this work, readers are invited to understand the complexities of medieval warfare and appreciate the Crusades’ lasting legacies. It is a journey well worth taking, illuminated by comprehensive research and engaging storytelling.'
- Nicholas Wallace, The Society for Medieval Military Historians

Warfare in the Age of Crusades: The Latin East explores in fascinating detail the key campaigns, battles and sieges that shaped the crusading period of the Middle Ages, giving special attention to military technologies, tactics and strategies. Key personalities and political factors are addressed, including the role of papal monarchy in initiating the crusading expeditions, the relationship between Catholic Europe and the Byzantine empire, the role of the religious military orders, and Islamic and Mongol military capabilities.

Chapters are devoted to each of the major crusades to the Levant – First, Second, Third and Fourth crusades – and an analysis of the Islamic response. The rise of the Mamluks in Egypt, with their innovative military organization, is covered, as are the failed Egyptian and Tunisian campaigns. The concluding chapters describe the Mongol campaigns in the Levant, the Mamluk response, and the final siege of Acre in 1291.

This original and perceptive study of a key stage in medieval military history features regional, strategic and multi-phase tactical maps that illuminate the narrative and provide a valuable resource for students, historians and wargamers alike.

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Highlight: 'I wholeheartedly recommend Warfare in the Age of the Crusades: The Latin East for its scholarly merit and its capacity to captivate and educate a diverse readership. Its thorough exploration of the Crusading era, combined with its accessible narrative style, ensures that it will be a valued addition to any library. In embracing this work, readers are invited to understand the complexities of medieval warfare and appreciate the Crusades’ lasting legacies. It is a journey well worth taking, illuminated by comprehensive research and engaging storytelling.'

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The Society for Medieval Military History

"...I wholeheartedly recommend Warfare in the Age of the Crusades: The Latin East for its scholarly merit and its capacity to captivate and educate a diverse readership. Its thorough exploration of the Crusading era, combined with its accessible narrative style, ensures that it will be a valued addition to any library. In embracing this work, readers are invited to understand the complexities of medieval warfare and appreciate the Crusades’ lasting legacies. It is a journey well worth taking, illuminated by comprehensive research and engaging storytelling."

De Re Militari - The Society For Medieval Military History

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VaeVictis Magazine, May 2023

4 out of 5 Stars

I enjoyed this book and learned new facts from it

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Army Rumour Service (ARRSE)

This is an excellent book about a complicated subject, the nine crusading expeditions launched not just to combat Moslem incursions which menaced Byzantium and Eastern Europe, but to seize, expand and protect territories in Syria, Palestine and Egypt. It covers the period 1095 to about 1400 explaining in detail the campaigns, battles, fortifications, sieges, and weapons, which shaped the conflicts, giving special attention to military technologies, tactics and strategies. It examines the role of the papacy in initiating the crusades, the often-strained relationship between Catholic Europe and the Byzantine Empire, the main protagonists on all sides, the development of military orders like the Templars and Teutonic Knights as well as Islamic and Mongol military capabilities.

Norfolk Family History Society - 'The Ancestor' magazine

About John Cairns

John Cairns is a professional software developer with a special emphasis on computer cartography. In collaboration with Joshua Allfree, he has worked with author Brian Todd Carey to produce Warfare in the Ancient World, Warfare in the Medieval World, Hannibal’s Last Battle and Road to Manzikert.


 Brian Todd Carey

About Brian Todd Carey

Brian Todd Carey is an Assistant Professor of History and Military History at the American Public University System, where he has taught ancient, medieval, and early modern military history for over twenty years. His first two books, Warfare in the Ancient World and Warfare in the Medieval World, cover the history of warfare in western civilization from the Bronze Age through the Thirty Years' War. His other publications include Hannibal’s Last Battle and Road to Manzikert: Byzantine and Islamic Warfare, 527-1071.


About Joshua B Allfree

Joshua B. Allfree is an IT project manager supporting the US Army Human Resources Command at Fort Knox, Kentucky. He retired from the US Army as a Sergeant Major in 2014 after a 34-year career in the fields of both combat arms and information technology. He is a member of the Society for Military History.

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