A History of the Crusades, Volume II: The Kingdom of by Steven Runciman

By Steven Runciman

Sir Steven Runciman's 3 quantity A heritage of the Crusades, one of many nice classics of English ancient writing, is now being reissued. This quantity describes the Frankish states of Outremer from the accession of King Baldwin I to the re-conquest of Jerusalem via Saladin. As Runciman says in his preface, 'The politics of the Moslem global within the early twelfth-century defy uncomplicated research, yet they need to be understood if we're to appreciate the institution of the Crusader states and the later factors of the restoration of Islam ... the most subject during this quantity is struggle ... i've got the instance of the previous chroniclers, who knew their company; for struggle used to be the historical past to lifestyles in Outremer and the risks of the battlefield usually determined its destiny.'

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But, owing either to the compliance of his jailer, a renegade Christian, or to an Antiochene counter-attack, he was soon rescued. Baldwin and Joscelin fled together on horseback but were overtaken in the river-bed. They were brought as prisoners to Soqman' s tent. 1 Rightly fearing that tl1e Turks would next attack Edessa, Bohemond and Tancred hastened there to organize its defence. Once again the misfortune of a colleague turned to Tancred's advantage. The knights remaining in Edessa, with the Archbishop at their head, begged him to take over the regency till Baldwin should bereleasedfromcaptivity.

Early next spring Bohemond and Joscelin marched on Marash. Thatoul was powerless. The Byzantine army was far away. The Danishmend Turks were now on good terms with the Franks. He surrendered his city to Joscelin, who allowed him to retire to Constantinople; while Bohemond took the town of Albistan, to the north of Marash. 1 The Franks now felt secure from attacks from Anatolia. They could turn against the Moslems of the east. In March I I04 Bohemond reinvaded the lands of Rid wan of Aleppo and took the town of Basarfut, on the road from Antioch to Aleppo; but his attempt against Kafarlata, to the south, failed owing to the resistance of the local tribe of the Banii Ulaim.

33). It is probable that as Radulph of Caen (cxlv, p. 708), followed by Cahen (La Syrie du Nord, p. 'Io), suggests, Raymond landed at Longiniada, the port of Tarsus, and not at Saint Symeon with the other Crusaders as Albert implies. Matthew of Edessa, clxxii, p. e. Sarventikar, in the Taurus. This seems improbable. ' ACTS XVII, 7 Bohemond's defeat and capture by Malik Ghazi the Danishmend, alarming though it had seemed at the time, had not been without its compensations for the Frankish princes.

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