The Field of Blood by Nicholas Morton audiobook

The Field of Blood: The Battle for Aleppo and the Remaking of the Medieval Middle East

By Nicholas Morton
Read by Julian Elfer

Tantor Audio 9780465096695
6.61 Hours Unabridged
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In 1119, the people of the Near East came together in an epic clash of horses, swords, sand, and blood that would decide the fate of the city of the Aleppo—and the eastern Crusader states. Fought between tribal Turkish warriors on steppe ponies, Arab foot soldiers, Armenian bowmen, and European knights, the battlefield was the amphitheater into which the people of the Near East poured their full gladiatorial might. Carrying a piece of the true cross before them, the Frankish army advanced, anticipating a victory that would secure their dominance over the entire region. But the famed Frankish cavalry charge failed them, and the well-arranged battlefield dissolved into a melee. Surrounded by enemy forces, the crusaders suffered a colossal defeat. With their advance in Northern Syria stalled, the momentum of the crusader conquest began to evaporate, and would never be recovered.

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In 1119, the people of the Near East came together in an epic clash of horses, swords, sand, and blood that would decide the fate of the city of the Aleppo—and the eastern Crusader states. Fought between tribal Turkish warriors on steppe ponies, Arab foot soldiers, Armenian bowmen, and European knights, the battlefield was the amphitheater into which the people of the Near East poured their full gladiatorial might. Carrying a piece of the true cross before them, the Frankish army advanced, anticipating a victory that would secure their dominance over the entire region. But the famed Frankish cavalry charge failed them, and the well-arranged battlefield dissolved into a melee. Surrounded by enemy forces, the crusaders suffered a colossal defeat. With their advance in Northern Syria stalled, the momentum of the crusader conquest began to evaporate, and would never be recovered.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

A riveting account of a battle that changed the course of the Crusades. Nicholas Morton captures the intensity, importance, and aftermath of the confrontation to produce a sparkling history of one of the key turning-points of the Middle Ages. Peter Frankopan, author of The Silk Roads: A New History of the World
“Morton’s analysis is meticulous, his knowledge of the politics and military practices of the medieval world formidable, and his ability to understand these events from multiple perspectives—Turkish, French, Arab, Armenian, among others—wholly remarkable.” Jay Rubenstein, author of Armies of Heaven
“More than just a chronicle of a battle, this book sheds revealing light on the First Crusade and its aftermath, disposing of myths, and laying bare the high stakes that drove men on all sides of the conflict.” Thomas Madden, author of Istanbul: City of Majesty at the Crossroads of the World
“A riveting account of a battle that changed the course of the Crusades. Nicholas Morton captures the intensity, importance, and aftermath of the confrontation to produce a sparkling history of one of the key turning-points of the Middle Ages.” Peter Frankopan, author of The Silk Roads

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Author Bio: Nicholas Morton

Author Bio: Nicholas Morton

Nicholas Morton is a senior lecturer at Nottingham Trent University. The author or editor of five books, Morton lives in Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 6.61
Audience: Adult
Language: English