Seminar: Dr Steve Tibble

Mural from the Templar chapel at Cressac (Charente, France), showing Templar knights riding out of a castle, perhaps prior to the battle at La Bocquée in 1163 against the forces of Nur-al-Din.

Seminar hosted by the Centre for Medieval History and the Scottish Centre for War Studies and Conflict Archaeology

Thursday 10 February 2022 at 17.15

Dr Steve Tibble will speak on Strategy and Frontier Defence in the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem, 1170-1187

We often underestimate the ability of medieval states to develop and roll out 'strategy' in any meaningful sense of the word. On the contrary, however, this paper uses the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem as a case study to demonstrate that the opposite was often true - in particular, it examines how strategy was implemented in the period running up to the cataclysmic battle of Hattin, when, under-resourced and surrounded on all sides, the crusader states had increasingly limited strategic options. 

In the Latin East, where the resources, vocabulary and structures for planning and communication were in chronically short supply, there was certainly little talk of strategy. And, of course, there are no surviving ‘strategy’ documents, no memos or irritating Friday afternoon meeting notes. But there is an abundance of evidence to show that planning took place and that the development of long-term strategies was a direct consequence of those plans - they enacted strategy in an intuitive but often surprisingly subtle way. If we care to look for it, through deconstructing actions on the ground, and establishing patterns of behaviour, the existence of 'strategy' is surprisingly evident in the activities of most of the major players.

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First published: 25 January 2022