By Steven Runciman
Sir Steven Runciman's 3 quantity A background of the Crusades, one of many nice classics of English historic writing, is now being reissued. This quantity describes the Frankish states of Outremer from the accession of King Baldwin I to the re-conquest of Jerusalem by means of Saladin. As Runciman says in his preface, 'The politics of the Moslem global within the early twelfth-century defy common research, yet they need to be understood if we're to appreciate the institution of the Crusader states and the later factors of the restoration of Islam ... the most subject during this quantity is battle ... i've got the instance of the outdated chroniclers, who knew their company; for struggle used to be the history to existence in Outremer and the dangers of the battlefield frequently made up our minds its destiny.'
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Raymond of Toulouse was still his close friend; and he had won the good-will of King Baldwin by himself paying for the ransom of many distinguished Franks who were held captive in Egypt. His generosity had been wisely calculated. It was in striking contrast to Bohemond and Tancred's behaviour over Baldwin of Edessa; and it reminded the Franks that he had influence and prestige that the Fatimids respected. When therefore he took action against Antioch, its prince received no help from his colleagues.
For they possessed the ships that provided an alternative means of communication with the Frankish states of the East. Their co-operation was all the more necessary; and they insisted on payment in commercial concessions. The Armenians in the Taurus mountains, particularly the Roupenian princes, welcomed circumstances that made it difficult for Byzantium to re-establish its Empire over the districts where they lived; though the Armenians farther to the east had less cause for rejoicing. Their chief foe was the Danishmend emir, whose triumph soon encouraged him to attack them.
Matthew of Edessa, ccxxv, p. 296, speaks with respect but without affection for him. 2 Matthew ofEdessa, clxviii, pp. 232-3: Ibn al-Qalanisi, pp. so-r; Al-Azimi, p. 494· 37 The Norman Princes of Antioch mother was Baldwin's aunt, was the younger and penniless son of the lord ofCourtcnay and had probably come to the East with his close neighbour, the Count of Nevers. On his arrival Baldwin enfeoffed him with all the land of the county that lay to the west of the Euphrates, with his headquarters at Turbessel.