Why did Islamic forces win the second crusade?

Why did Islamic forces win the second crusade?

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Books recommended for purchase
Christopher Tyerman, God’s War: A New History of the Crusades (2007
for the paperback edition) a detailed account of events, invaluable
background information and interpretive issues for both seminars and
written work

Jonathan Phillips, Holy Warriors: A Modern History of the Crusades
(2010 for the paperback edition) a briefer account and a more
approachable introduction than Tyerman. It places more of an emphasis
on thematic and conceptual issues, and includes some insightful
discussion of post-medieval perceptions and appropriations of the

A 3 part BBC TV series on the Crusades presented by leading crusades
historian Thomas Asbridge is available on Unitube and is well worth
watching. See Unilearn for direct links to the episodes in the
External Links folder.

Christopher Tyerman, The Debate on the Crusades (2011) is an excellent
guide to later medieval and post-medieval discussions of the crusades,
including an account of modern historiographical developments which
will be very useful for essays.

Generally useful ebooks (these are also available in hard copies in
the library) Ebooks are highlighted in bold throughout this handbook.

Christopher Tyerman, The Crusades: A Very Short Introduction (2005) (a
very nice introduction to the topic, as the title suggests!) This was
originally published as Fighting for Christendom: Holy War and the
Crusades (2004) which we also have via Summon.

The following 2 books will have some relevant material for all the
topics that we’ll cover and are excellent starting points for events,
biographies of individuals, authors, etc.

Peter Lock, The Routledge Companion to the Crusades (2006) (contains a
very useful narrative outline of events, biographies of key figures
and thematic discussion)


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