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Dan Mirkin, Sailing to the Holy Land: Crusader Ships, Seamanship, Logistics and Landing Operations

BAR International Series 2904, BAR Publishing, Oxford, 2018
  • John M. McManamonEmail author
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Sailing to the Holy Landis an engaging book by a genial author. Dan Mirkin focused on two important topics: the sailing rig employed on Crusader ships and the landing of Crusader armies and their horses in the Holy Land. Mirkin stressed that Crusader vessels utilized lateen sails and could not sail upwind. They needed a wind astern or abeam. Mirkin also investigated where Crusaders might come ashore on an inhospitable coast bereft of natural anchorages. Because Acre (Akko) was the only harbor that could handle large fleets, Mirkin investigated other ways for the knights to disembark. The Crusades were armed pilgrimages sponsored by the popes to take back Christ’s tomb in Jerusalem from the Muslims. The advance of the Seljuk Turks into Asia Minor and their defeat of a Byzantine army at Manzikert in 1071 led the Greek Emperor to request Western aid. In 1095, Pope Urban II called upon Latin Christian rulers to cease their internecine wars and unite in a Crusade to aid Byzantium and...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.History DepartmentLoyola University ChicagoChicagoUSA

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