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 by way of the Christian west opposed to the forces of japanese Islam might 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 was once deserted quickly after it had begun and the crusaders retreated. This defeat stunned the Christian international and dealt a serious blow to the arrogance of the crusading armies, whereas bolstering the morale in their enemies.
Utilizing various illustrations and full-color paintings, medieval battle professional David Nicolle analyzes the often-debated battles round Damascus, explaining how the domination of the encircling nation-state by way of the Islamic forces turned the decisive issue, and the way the besieging crusading forces stumbled on themselves lower than siege. He additionally appears to be like on the campaign within the greater context of the conflict among East and West and explains how the second one campaign proved a turning element during this ongoing struggle.
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