By David Nicolle

After the autumn of the crusader nation 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 jap Islam may culminate within the 1148 siege of Damascus, then the capital urban of an Islamic kingdom 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 gloomy and embarrassing failure for the western armies. The siege used to be deserted quickly after it had begun and the crusaders retreated. This defeat surprised the Christian global and dealt a critical blow to the boldness of the crusading armies, whereas bolstering the morale in their enemies.

Utilizing a variety of illustrations and full-color art, medieval battle specialist David Nicolle analyzes the often-debated battles round Damascus, explaining how the domination of the encircling geographical region by means of the Islamic forces turned the decisive issue, and the way the besieging crusading forces discovered themselves below siege. He additionally seems to be on the campaign within the better 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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