By Kenneth M. Setton, Harry W. Hazard
The six volumes of A historical past of the Crusades will stand because the definitive background of the Crusades, spanning 5 centuries, encompassing Jewish, Moslem, and Christian views, and containing a wealth of data and research of the historical past, politics, economics, and tradition of the medieval global.
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Additional info for A History of the Crusades, Vol. III: The Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries
Iates (staurophoroi: bearers of the cross), referring to the western knights of the First Crusade coming to Constantinople.
Special galleys should stand by to guard the waters of the Levant against intrusion and intercept any Moslem craft attempting to reach the western world. If this blockade were rigorously sustained over a period of three years, the Mamluk sultans would be completely crippled, and their resources of men and material dried up. It is only then that the Christians might conduct their crusade with assured success for the recapture and retention of the Holy Land. In reality, the examples mentioned represent only a fraction of 14.
The routes to the east could be selected according to the position and exigencies of each country. The empire must adopt a hereditary regime with a French prince on its throne. The government of the Holy Land, after its reconquest, should be arranged on a mmtary basis with a dux belli and a body of centurions and cohorts of twelve warriors in every town. Each state should have its special hostels prepared for the reception and accommodation of its own subjects. The eastern Christians and all heretical sects must be persuaded to join the Roman church.
A History of the Crusades, Vol. III: The Fourteenth and Fifteenth Centuries by Kenneth M. Setton, Harry W. Hazard