Arab Historians of the Crusades

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University of California Press, 1969 - Всего страниц: 362
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The recapture of Jerusalem, the siege of the Acre, the fall of Tripoli, the effect in Baghdad of events in Syria; these and other happening were faithfully recorded by Arab historians during the two centuries of the Crusades. For the first time contemporary accounts of the fighting between Muslim and Christian have been translated into English, and the Western reader can learn 'the other side' of the Holy War.

Seventeen authors are represented in the extracts in this work, which have been drawn from various types of historical writings. The excerpts are taken firstly from the general histories of the Muslim world, then from chronicles of cities, regions and their dynasties, and finally from biographies or records of the deeds of certain persons. The Arab histories of the Crusades compare favorably with their Christian counterparts in their rich accumulation of material and chronological information. Another of their merits is their faithful characterization, which they practiced in the brief but illuminating sketches of enemy leaders: Baldwin II's shrewdness, Richard Coeur de Lion's prowess in war, the indomitable energy of Conrad of Motferrat, Frederick II's diplomacy. The chronicles are generous, naturally, with their praises of the great champions of the Muslim resistance, especially of Saladin, who towers above all the other leaders in heroic stature. Although, this book gives a sweeping and stimulating view of the Crusades seen through Arab eyes.
 

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A selection of the Arab point of view, and these are hard to find for the ordinary reader. I think the 4 sections cover the whole existence of the kingdom of Outremere, and only wish for more. Читать весь отзыв

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Very interesting as giving the "other side of the story" --though personally I do not find it more sympathetic than the Christian side Читать весь отзыв

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I
3
The Franks take Maarrat anNuman
9
Bohemond is liberated and Baldwin defeated at Ramla
15
The fall of Tripoli
24
The effects in Baghdad of the events in Syria
28
The defeat and death of Roger of Antioch at Balat
36
Zangi takes the fortress of Barln The defeat of the Franks
42
Zangi takes Edessa
49
Saladin withdraws from the Franks who are able
190
The siegetowers are burnt down
198
Conrad of Montferrat and the Third Crusade
208
Saladins summons to the Holy War
214
Letters arrive from the city
220
The assassination of Conrad of Montferrat
238
Saladins illness and death
246
The Fifth Crusade
255

The Second Crusade The siege of Damascus
56
Nur adDins victories and his triumph at Damascus
64
9
72
Orientalized Franks
78
Saladins character
87
His justice
93
Examples of his generosity
96
His endurance and determination to win merit in Gods
102
His unfailing goodness
109
An incursion into the region of Acre
117
Jerusalem reconquered
139
Conrad of Montferrat at Tyre Saladins fruitless siege
176
The Franks march on Acre and besiege it
182
Other details of the Frankish surrender
264
Muslim grief in Damascus Frederick in Jerusalem
273
Two Arabic letters written by Frederick
280
PART FOUR
305
Negotiations with Hugh III King of Cyprus
312
An unsuccessful attack on Cyprus
319
The treaty with Acre
326
Formula of the Frankish oath
332
The fall of Maraqiyya
338
The fall of Acre
344
Index
351
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