By Francesco Gabrieli
The recapture of Jerusalem, the siege of acre, the autumn of Tripoli, the influence in Baghdad of occasions in Syria; those and different happenings have been faithfully recorded through Arab historians throughout the centuries of the Crusades. First released in English in 1969, this book presents 'the different aspect' of the Holy conflict, offering the first English translation of up to date Arab accounts of the scuffling with among Muslim and Christian. Extracts are drawn from seventeen various authors encompassing a mess of assets: the overall histories of the Muslim global, The chronicles of towns, areas and their dynasties Contemporary biographies and files of famous deeds. total, this publication offers a sweeping and stimulating view of the Crusades visible via Arab eyes.
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They seized an immense quantity of loot and treasure as well as the contents of the city library,1 works of art and heirlooms belonging to the local notables. The lives of the governor and his soldiers were spared. They had in fact asked for safe-conduct out of the city before it was taken, and after its Here and elsewhere the text has ‘Raymond’, confusing the son with his father, Raymond of SaintGilles. The father died in 1105, still vainly hoping to become Lord of Tripoli, and was succeeded by his cousin’s son, William-Jordan, Count of Cerdagne, until Bertrand arrived to contest his claim.
How can the eye sleep between the lids at a time of disasters that would waken any sleeper? While your Syrian brothers can only sleep on the backs of their chargers, or in vultures’ bellies! Must the foreigners feed on our ignominy, while you trail behind you the train of a pleasant life, like men whose world is at peace? When blood has been spilt, when sweet girls must for shame hide their lovely faces in their hands! When the white swords’ points are red with blood, and the iron of the brown lances is stained with gore!
THE FRANKS SEIZE ANTIOCH (IBN AL-ATHĪR, X, 185–8) The power of the Franks first became apparent when in the year 478/1085–86 they invaded the territories of Islām and took Toledo and other parts of Andalusia, as was mentioned earlier. Then in 484/1091 they attacked and conquered the island of Sicily1 and turned their attention to the African coast. Certain of their conquests there were won back again but they had other successes, as you will see. In 490/1097 the Franks attacked Syria. This is how it all began: Baldwin, their King,2 a kinsman of Roger the Frank who had conquered Sicily, assembled a great army and sent word to Roger saying: ‘I have assembled a great army and now I am on my way to you, to use your bases for my conquest of the African coast.
Arab Historians of the Crusades (Routledge Revivals) by Francesco Gabrieli