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Author Morton, Nicholas, 1980- author.

Title The field of blood : the battle for Aleppo and the remaking of the medieval Middle East / Nicholas Morton.

Publication Info. New York, NY : Basic Books, [2018]


Location Call No. Status
 Middletown, Russell Library - Adult Nonfiction  956.014 MOR    Check Shelf
Edition First edition.
Description vii, 236 pages : maps ; 25 cm
Note "February 2018"--Title page verso.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 205-225) and index.
Contents The rival architects of the crusader states: Baldwin of Boulogne and Tancred of Hauteville (1100-1110) -- Riding the storm: Seljuk Turks and Arab emirs (1111-1118) -- The battle (1119) -- Fields of blood (1120-1128) -- Aftermath (1128-1187).
Summary "The First Crusade was remarkably successfully for the western European forces. Charging in on their heavy cavalry, Frankish armies swept across the Middle East, capturing major cities and setting up the Crusader States in the Levant: the kingdom of Jerusalem, the principality of Antioch, and the counties of Edessa and Tripoli. It appeared that a sustained western conquest of the region was inevitable. Why, then, did the crusades ultimately fail? To answer this question, historian Nicholas Morton focuses on a period of bitter conflict between the Franks and their Turkish enemies, when both factions were locked in a struggle for supremacy over the city of Aleppo. This conflict came to a head at the Battle of the Field of Blood in 1119. Fought between tribal Turkish warriors on steppe ponies, Arab skirmishers, Armenian bowmen, and European knights, the battlefield was the amphitheatre into which the peoples of Eurasia poured their full gladiatorial might. Ultimately, the Crusader army was all but annihilated by the Turks, and its impact reverberated across the region. Their devastating loss marks a turning point in the history of the crusades--the moment when the Christian advance in Northern Syria stalled and the momentum of crusader conquest began to evaporate. Moreover, this battle sheds new light on the shape of a conflict many consider as a simple Christian v. Muslim struggle. Morton reveals that the battle lines were only rarely drawn along religious lines: most Arab Muslims were caught between two conquering powers, and some actually chose to side with the crusaders against the Turks. In this conflict, the crusaders lost the Levant, the Arabs lost Syria, and the face of the Middle East was forever changed"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Artuqid dynasty, 1098-1408.
Ager Sanguinis, Battle of, Syria, 1119.
Sarmadā (Syria) -- History.
Syria -- History -- 750-1260.
Islamic Empire -- History -- 750-1258.
15.75 history of Asia. (NL-LeOCL)077599616
HISTORY -- Medieval.
HISTORY -- Middle East -- General.
Crusades. (OCoLC)fst00884401
Islamic Empire. (OCoLC)fst01244134
Syria. (OCoLC)fst01208757
Middle East. (NL-LeOCL)078590906
Battle of Ager Sanguinis (Syria : 1119) (OCoLC)fst01986476
Chronological Term 750-1260
Genre/Form History. (OCoLC)fst01411628
Added Title Battle for Aleppo and the remaking of the medieval Middle East
Other Form: Ebook version : 9780465096701
ISBN 9780465096695 (hardcover)
0465096697 (hardcover)
9780465096701 (electronic book)
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