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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 Hattin (2015), Perilous Glory: Understanding Western Warfar (BC 3000-Gulf Wars) (2011), The Crusades and the Expansion of mostrar mais Catholic Christendom 1000-1714 (2005) and Western Warfare in the Age of the Crusades 1000-1300 (1999). mostrar menos

Obras por John France

Hattin: Great Battles Series (2015) 28 exemplares
Journal of Medieval Military History: Volume XVI (2015) — Editor — 8 exemplares
Journal of Medieval Military History: Volume XII (2014) — Editor — 6 exemplares
Journal of Medieval Military History: Volume X (2012) — Editor — 5 exemplares
Medieval warfare, 1000-1300 (2006) 4 exemplares
Journal of Medieval Military History: Volume XI (2013) — Editor — 3 exemplares
Warfare in the Dark Ages (2008) 2 exemplares

Associated Works

Journal of Medieval Military History: Volume III (2005) — Contribuidor — 17 exemplares
Journal of Medieval Military History: Volume I (2002) — Contribuidor — 14 exemplares
Noble Ideals and Bloody Realities: Warfare in the Middle Ages (2006) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
Journal of Medieval Military History: Volume VIII (2010) — Editor — 10 exemplares
Journal of Medieval Military History: Volume VI (2008) — Editor — 9 exemplares
The Crusades and the Near East: Cultural Histories (2011) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares
The First Crusade: Origins and Impact (1997) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Nome canónico
France, John
United Kingdom
Locais de residência
Swansea, United Kingdom
Professor Emeritus College Of Arts And Humanities, Swansea University
Callaghan Centre for Conflict Studies

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Professor France works on the history of warfare and crusading. His work has been funded by the British Academy, the Leverhulme Trust, and the Lawrence of Arabia Trust. He has undertaken field work in Italy, France, Syria, Jordan, Israel and Lebanon.



this version places the battle in context, moving the ramifications up to the early 2000's. The survey of the surrounding events is clear and accessable. The maps could be better placed.
DinadansFriend | 1 outra crítica | Jan 8, 2024 |
There is a great deal about the politics of the Kingdom of Jerusalem and the Ayyubid possessions in this book, and about the ramifications of the engagement. The tactical description is incisive but not prolix. The book has a very interesting third chapter dealing with the importance of Reynald de Chatillon, and more coverage than usual of the prior career of Balian II d'Ibelin. The final chapter deals with modern uses of the battle in Islamic politics. Thus this evenings' read is worth your time but not the definitive work on the battle.… (mais)
DinadansFriend | 1 outra crítica | Feb 4, 2019 |
Professor France’s fascinating study of warfare in the Middle Ages covers a great deal of ground. He begins by insisting (rightly) that warfare was primarily proprietary: lord against lord for the control of property. As the survey continues on to such topics as technology, weaponry, the use of castles, etc., France establishes that the typical medieval army was a conglomeration of troops loyal to various leaders, which made controlling the army or even just holding it together problematic.

Employing hundreds of examples from the three centuries under study, the author shows that most warfare consisted of raiding and pillaging, although peasants were rarely harmed, because they were necessary for tilling the soil. Professor France also discusses the use of castles in Europe as ways for lords to protect their scattered holdings. Finally, he shows how unusual was the army of the 1st Crusade—unusual in size, in motivation, in its ability to hold together.

For anyone interested in medieval warfare, this is a must read.
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barlow304 | 1 outra crítica | Oct 8, 2016 |
Deliberately avoiding the tendency to consider the First Crusade from a primarily religio-ideological perspective, France adopts a military one instead. Religious fervour was of course of importance, but France is interested in its military effect, not its social origin.

After an introductory chapter about the state of the military arts in late 11C Western Europe, the bulk of the book is a narrative account of the various crusader contingents making their way to Constantinople, the siege of Nicaea, the trek accross Asia Minor with the major battle at Dorylaeum, the epic sieges of Antioch - the city first being held by a Turkish garrison against the crusaders, then by the crusaders against a would-be relief force from Iraq -, the capture of Jerusalem, and finally the battle of Ascalon. Recurrent themes include the initial amorphousness of the crusader force and its partial welding together by ideological purpose and common suffering, and the importance of the major leaders in providing leadership and direction. The People's Crusade failed, acc'd to France, precisely with because unlike the "official" First Crusade it included no princes with the stature to provide cohesive leadership.

I liked it a lot.
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AndreasJ | Jul 8, 2014 |

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