Saladin: The Politics of the Holy War

Saladin: The Politics of the Holy War

Paperback Canto Original Series

By (author) Malcolm Cameron Lyons, By (author) D.E.P. Jackson

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  • Format: Paperback | 463 pages
  • Dimensions: 140mm x 211mm x 33mm | 499g
  • Publication date: 1 April 1997
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521585627
  • ISBN 13: 9780521585620
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: 8 maps

Product description

Saladin was one of the best-known figures of the Middle Ages. The West accepted him as a hero; Islam was indebted to him for the recovery of Jerusalem. In this book Lyons and Jackson make use of hitherto neglected Arabic sources, including unpublished manuscript material - notably the correspondence, both private and official, of Saladin's own court. Such letters contain fresh information on the battles and diplomatic campaigns that accompanied Saladin's efforts to be accepted by his contemporaries as their leader in the Holy War.

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Review quote

'It is certainly the best book yet written about Saladin in English.' The Times Literary Supplement 'Lyons and Jackson have produced a distinguished and extremely well-researched book ... It has the added merit of being accessible ... it reads easily and will be readily understood by the non-specialist.' History Today

Table of contents

Foreword; 1. Early adventures; 2. Vizier of Egypt; 3. Lord of Egypt; 4. The shadow of Syria; 5. Independence; 6. From Egypt to Syria; 7. War and diplomacy; 8. Egyptian interlude; 9. Defeat and difficulties; 10. Consolidation and expansion; 11. Opportunities; 12. The capture of Aleppo; 13. Empire-building and the Holy War; 14. The end of empire; 15. Preparations; 16. Hattin; 17. The capture of Jerusalem; 18. Success and failure; 19. Crusaders at Acre; 20. The fall of Acre; 21. Stalemate; 22. Conclusion; Plan of Cairo; Maps; Notes; Bibliography; Index.