After Saladin's great victory at the Battle of Hattin in 1137,
Outremer, as medieval westerners called the remaining Latin or
Catholic enclaves in the eastern Mediterranean, was no longer a
threat to Islam. Its military elites preferred to live in peace,
focusing on trade as much as on the defence of Christendom's holy
places. In this, the first book in the English language to
objectively study the knights of the Latin East, David Nicolle
presents a... more...