By David Nicolle
After the autumn of the crusader country of Edessa, the Pope known as for a brand new campaign in 1145. This new crusade via the Christian west opposed to the forces of japanese Islam could culminate within the 1148 siege of Damascus, then the capital urban of an Islamic nation that were pleasant in the direction of the crusaders. regardless of the sooner successes for the crusaders at Antioch and Jerusalem, and the susceptible fortifications round Damascus, the siege proved a depressing and embarrassing failure for the western armies. The siege used to be deserted quickly after it had began and the crusaders retreated. This defeat stunned the Christian global and dealt a serious blow to the boldness of the crusading armies, whereas bolstering the morale in their enemies.
Utilizing various illustrations and full-color art, medieval struggle professional David Nicolle analyzes the often-debated battles round Damascus, explaining how the domination of the encompassing nation-state by way of the Islamic forces grew to become the decisive issue, and the way the besieging crusading forces discovered themselves below siege. He additionally appears on the campaign within the better context of the conflict among East and West and explains how the second one campaign proved a turning aspect during this ongoing fight.
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