By Steven Runciman
Sir Steven Runciman's 3 quantity A heritage of the Crusades, one of many nice classics of English old writing, is now being reissued. This quantity describes the Frankish states of Outremer from the accession of King Baldwin I to the re-conquest of Jerusalem by means of Saladin. As Runciman says in his preface, 'The politics of the Moslem international within the early twelfth-century defy straight forward research, yet they have to be understood if we're to appreciate the institution of the Crusader states and the later factors of the restoration of Islam ... the most topic during this quantity is struggle ... i've got the instance of the previous chroniclers, who knew their enterprise; for warfare was once the historical past to lifestyles in Outremer and the dangers of the battlefield frequently determined its destiny.'
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Matchew of Edessa (loc. ) believed chat Bohemond was obliged to marry a rich lady, whom he calls che wife ofStephen Pol (apparently muddling Hugh of Champagne with the Crusader Hugh of Saint Pol who was a friend of Bohemond). She imprisoned him till he consented. He would have preferred to return to che East. 49 The Norman Pri11ces of A11tioch their leaders, devices that his daughter Anna described with loving admiration. By September Bohemond knew that he was beaten, and he surrendered to the Emperor.
4o-1; Matthew of Edessa, clxxxvi, p. 257 wrongly placing the capture of Marash after the battle of Harran, Radulph of Caen, cxlviii-cl, pp. 710-2. l Kemal ad-Din, pp. 591-2; Zettersteen Chronicle, p. 239. 40 1104: The Importance of Harran and the western Iranian plateau. His third brother, Sanjar, already had obtained Khorassan and eastern Iran; and Mohammed obtained northern Iraq and the Jezireh and the suzerainty rights over Diarbekir and over all Syria. It was an uneasy arrangement. Each of the brothers hoped soon to upset it and in the meantime intrigued for allies amongst all the Turkish and Arab princes.
Meanwhile Ridwan ravaged the principality as far as the Iron Bridge. In the far north Bohemond' s garrison at Albistan only r Albert of Aix, IX, 43, pp. 617-18; Ibn al-Athir, p. 223; Ibn al-Qalanisi, pp. 69-70. 1 Albert of Aix, IX, 46, pp. 619--20. 45 The Norman Princes of Antioch maintained itself by imprisoning the leading local Armenians, who were plotting with the Turks. The whole of Bohemond's state might have been endangered had not Duqaq of Damascus died towards the end of June II04 whereupon Ridwan's attention was taken up by the struggle for the succession between Duqaq's two sons, Buri and Utash.
A History of the Crusades, Volume II: The Kingdom of Jerusalem and the Frankish East, 1100-1187 by Steven Runciman