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By H. A. R. Gibb

ISBN-10: 0486425193

ISBN-13: 9780486425191

A Saracen stronghold through the lengthy heritage of the Crusades, Damascus served because the capital urban for Nur al-Deen, Saladin, and different medieval Muslim leaders. From this top vantage element comes a impressive modern account of the early Crusades, written through one of many city's best voters. Ibn Al-Qalānisī, a uncommon student of literature, theology, and legislation, was once two times elected mayor of Damascus. His Chronicle starts off in 1097, within the early years of the 1st campaign, and concludes in 1159, the 12 months ahead of his dying on the age of 90.
An informative advent units the scene simply sooner than invasion by means of the Crusaders. the colourful narrative relates the details of lifestyles in the course of wartime; as well as his money owed of battles, blockades, and diplomatic negotiations, Ibn Al-Qalānisī paints bright and decidedly biased pics of the personalities on either side of this holy warfare, from gallant commanders and intrepid troops of his place of birth to their competition, the "infidels" and :accursed ones."
The writer dependent his paintings on either written documentation and oral reviews, the latter occasionally transcribed from the lips of tangible contributors. meant basically as a textbook for college students, this translation via H. A. R. Gibb renders the Arabic textual content as actually as attainable, with minimum annotation, and constitutes an imperative source for somebody who wishes a firsthand account of the early Crusades.

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