Accursed Tower: The Fall of Acre and the End of the Crusades

Accursed Tower: The Fall of Acre and the End of the Crusades

From a New York Times-bestselling author, a stirring account of the siege of Acre in 1291, when the last Christian stronghold fell to the Muslim army

The 1291 siege of Acre was the Alamo of the Christian Crusades -- the final bloody battle for the Holy Land. After a desperate six weeks, the beleaguered citadel surrendered to the Mamluks, bringing an end to Christendom's two-hundred year adventure in the Middle East.

In The Accursed Tower, Roger Crowley delivers a lively narrative of the lead-up to the siege and a vivid, blow-by-blow account of the climactic battle. Drawing on extant Arabic sources as well as untranslated Latin documents, he argues that Acre is notable for technical advances in military planning and siege warfare, and extraordinary for its individual heroism and savage slaughter. A gripping depiction of the crusader era told through its dramatic last moments, The Accursed Tower offers an essential new view on a crucial turning point in world history.

Title:Accursed Tower: The Fall of Acre and the End of the Crusades
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780300230314
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    Accursed Tower: The Fall of Acre and the End of the Crusades Reviews

  • Dax

    The familiar Crowley formula is there, but this one felt rushed. Crowley covers the hundred years leading up to the fall of Acre in about 120 pages. That's a lot of time covered in very few pages. The...

  • Charles J

    I often say that the Crusades were a high point of Western civilization. And they were, but they were also an example of flawed glory. Certainly, the goal of the Crusades was peerlessly laudable, and ...

  • Kelly Kerns

    While I enjoyed the book, it falls short of its title. This is a really good description of the actual battle and technology used (including an in-depth discussion of mining and trebuchets), but didn'...

  • Daniel Cooley

    Roger Crowley is one of my favorite historical authors, and I eagerly awaited this book's release. However, it was a bit disappointing. I got the feeling that Crowley was working with less source mate...

  • OldFisben

    Долго ждал эту книгу, однако, получил не совсем то, что хотелось. Вернее, совсем не в тех объемах, кои предполаг...

  • Elliot Gates

    This is the second book i've read from Roger Crowley (the first being '1453: The Holy War For Constantinople'). Once again I am impressed with the level of detail and well sourced accounts provided to...

  • Maarten Markus

    Brilliant historic narrative on the crusades and defense of the last Christian foothold in the middle east in the dark ages. The book is carefully crafted out of a ton of historic writings and despite...

  • Sean Malone

    This is an epic telling of the latter part of the Crusader Period from both the Islamic and Christian perspectives. The advances in Mamluke siegecraft set against the increasing isolation and division...

  • Bradley Somers

    This is great historical writing. It is however not a simple read if your not tweaked by dates, names and a historical build up. I feel like the description oversells and under delivers. But if you ar...

  • Mark Bowden

    This is excellent narrative history. Crowley marshals the sparse (but in some cases surprisingly detailed) sources to tell the political background to the final siege of Acre and the story of the sieg...