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Author Morton, Nicholas.

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

Edition First edition.
Publication Info. New York : Basic Books, 2018.
Location Call No. Status
 95th Street Adult Nonfiction  956.014 MOR    AVAILABLE
 Naper Blvd. Adult Nonfiction  956.014 MOR    AVAILABLE
 Nichols Adult Nonfiction  956.014 MOR    AVAILABLE
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Description vii, 236 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm
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.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-225) and index.
Subject Ager Sanguinis, Battle of, Syria, 1119.
Sarmad (Syria) -- History.
Artuqid dynasty, 1098-1408.
Crusades.
Syria -- History -- 750-1260.
Islamic Empire -- History -- 750-1258.
ISBN 9780465096695 (hardback)
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