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1st Edition

Logistics of Warfare in the Age of the Crusades

Edited By

John H. Pryor

ISBN 9781138379077
Published June 7, 2019 by Routledge
400 Pages

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Book Description

How were the Crusades made possible? There have been studies of ancient, medieval and early modern warfare, as well as work on the finances and planning of Crusades, but this volume is the first specifically to address the logistics of Crusading. Building on previous work, it brings together experts from the fields of medieval Western, Byzantine and Middle Eastern studies to examine how the marches and voyages were actually made. Questions of manpower, types and means of transportation by land and sea, supplies, financial resources, roads and natural land routes, sea lanes and natural sailing routes - all these topics and more are covered here. Of particular importance is the attention given to the horses and other animals on which transport of supplies and the movement of armies depended.

Table of Contents

Contents: Preface; Introduction: modelling Bohemond's march to Thessalonike, John H. Pryor; The logistics of the Mongol-Mamluk war, with special reference to the battle of Wadi 'l-Khaznadar, 1299 C.E., Reuven Amitai; Crusader logistics: from victory at Nicaea to resupply at Dorylaion, Bernard S. Bachrach; Ship types and fleet composition at Genoa and Venice in the early 13th century, John E. Dotson; Logistics and the Second Crusade, John France; Harbours and facilities along the eastern Mediterranean sea lanes to Outremer, Ruthy Gertwagen; Provisioning Peter the Hermit: from Cologne to Constantinople, 1096, Charles R. Glasheen; Roads and communications in the Byzantine Empire: wagons, horses, and supplies, John Haldon; Reflections on maps, crusading, and logistics, Benjamin Z. Kedar; Infantry in Muslim armies during the Crusades, Yaacov Lev; Food and the Fourth Crusade: a new approach to the 'diversion question', Thomas F. Madden; Money and logistics in the forces of the First Crusade: coinage, bullion, service, and supply 1096-99, Alan V. Murray; The Northern Crusaders: the logistics of English and other Northern Crusader fleets, Richard W. Unger; Digest, John H. Pryor; Glossary of technical terminology; Selective gazetteer; Consolidated bibliography; Index.

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John H. Pryor is an Associate Professor at the University of Sydney, Australia in the Centre for Medieval Studies.


"This is an essential work for those studying medieval military history, and an important read for anyone with a serious interest in the period or the history of war and logistics. " - The NYMAS Review, Autumn-Winter 2019