• June 9, 2024
  • 7 Min Read
Fatimid Army

Fatimid criminals, mercenaries, and slave soldiers were key in bolstering the Caliphate's military power, yet faced numerous social and racial challenges.

  • June 2, 2024
  • 6 Min Read
Krak des Chevaliers, NW Syria

Crusading Criminality and the Architecture of Fear: Burglars often entered homes by breaching walls, a testament to the insubstantial construction of the era.

  • May 26, 2024
  • 10 Min Read
Master Jean de Mauléon - Playing Dice

Crusading Criminals: Kings and princes indulged in gambling, reflecting poorly on royal stature.

  • May 19, 2024
  • 6 Min Read
The High Crimes Code A mother who kills her child with a dagger

Women and Crusading Crime: Medieval crime mirrored norms, with men committing violent acts and women engaging in petty theft, a disparity more pronounced in crusader states.

  • May 12, 2024
  • 8 Min Read
Il-Ghazi, the lord of Mardin

When Alcoholism turned the tide in Crusader defence; Il-Ghazi's spree was their gain.

  • May 5, 2024
  • 9 Min Read
Crusades besieging Damascus, under banners of England, France and the Holy Roman Empire, during the Second Crusade, 1148

Crusaders at War: Crusaders' ill-discipline and criminality blurred the lines of warfare, escalating internal conflicts and straining crucial alliances.

  • March 28, 2024
  • 7 Min Read
Raynald imprisoned at Aleppo (from a mid-14th-century manuscript of William of Tyre's Historia and its Continuation)

Strategy and a Medieval State in Crisis: Despite strategic efforts, the crusader states faced insurmountable odds and ultimately, their downfall.

  • March 24, 2024
  • 15 Min Read
Carl von Clausewitz, while in Prussian service, painted by Wilhelm Wach in early 1830s.

Crusading warfare illuminated by Clausewitz's concepts of 'fog of war' and 'friction'—ever-present challenges in medieval strategic planning.

  • March 18, 2024
  • 11 Min Read

Fighting a Losing Battle, crusader states exemplified strategic perseverance against inevitable defeat, embodying tactical resilience.

  • March 10, 2024
  • 12 Min Read
The Crusader Assault on Jerusalem 1099, 14th Century

Strategic Culture and Adaptability: Crusader states showcased surprising strategic flexibility, challenging stereotypes of medieval military rigidity.

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