Defending the City of God


    Medieval History

    Defending the City of God

    A Medieval Queen, the First Crusades, and the Quest for Peace in Jerusalem

    Sharan Newman

    Palgrave 2014

    Hardback 271pp Illustrated

    9781137278654   Product Code: 23193

    After the First Crusade, the conquering knights established states on the lands they had wrested from Islam, and the largest and most powerful was the Kingdom of Jerusalem. This book charts the life and times of Queen Melisende, who ruled it from 1131 until her death in 1161. Using every scrap of evidence, it portrays a strong-willed woman who brought peace to a volatile population of warring knights, Muslim peasants and Jewish traders.

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