In the crusader period Acre was in many ways a remarkable place, but the most striking thing about its history is the number of times it fell to enemies. The present volume
Acre and Its Falls is unusual in that it analyses a wide range of aspects of the history of Acre across the crusader period, combining political, military and cultural history, with a notable emphasis on the memory of the city in Europe. This may have been a city famous for its falls, but most certainly not for them alone.
Contributors are Adrian J. Boas, Charles W. Connell, Paul F. Crawford, Susan B. Edgington, Marie-Luise Favreau-Lilie, John France, Anna Gilmour-Bryson, John D. Hosler, Georg Philipp Melloni, Janus Møller Jensen, J. Rubin, and Iris Shagrir.
John France, BA. PhD. (Nottingham) is Professor Emeritus at Swansea University and was Visiting Professor at the U.S. Military Academy West Point for 2011-12. His main works are
Perilous Glory: Understanding Western Warfare (BC3000-Gulf Wars) (2011),
The Crusades and the Expansion of Catholic Christendom 1000-1714 (2005) and
Western Warfare in the Age of the Crusades 1000—1300 (1999)
Table of contents
List of Figures Notes on Contributors
Introduction John France 1
The Capture of Acre, 1104, and the Importance of Sea Power in the Conquest of the Littoral Susan B. Edgington 2
Clausewitz’s Wounded Lion: a Fighting Retreat at the Siege of Acre, November 1190 John D. Hosler 3
Martyrs for the Faith: Denmark, the Third Crusade and the Fall of Acre in 1191 Janus Møller Jensen 4
New Evidence for Identifying the Site of the Teutonic Compound in Acre Adrian J. Boas and Georg Philipp Melloni 5
John of Antioch and the Perceptions of Language and Translation in Thirteenth-Century Acre J. Rubin 6
Did the Templars Lose the Holy Land? The Military Orders and the Defense of Acre, 1291 Paul F. Crawford 7
The Fall of Acre, 1291, and Its Effect on Cyprus Anna Gilmour-Bryson 8
The Fall of Acre in 1291 in the Court of Medieval Public Opinion Charles W. Connell 9
Thadeus of Naples on the Fall of Acre Iris Shagrir 10
The Fall of Acre (1291): Considerations of Annalists in Genoa, Pisa, and Venice (13th/14th–16th Centuries) Marie-Luise Favreau-Lilie
All those interested in medieval history, the history of the crusades and the Latin East, medieval and modern historiography in Genoa, Pisa, and Venice.