When last we left our intrepid Crusaders they had just marched out from Nicaea after driving off an initial attack by the Turks. Numerous as they were, to march all down the same route would have been impossible so the army split into two parts. The vanguard, led by Bohemond of Taranto, his nephew Tancred, … Continue reading A Flippant History of the Crusades – The First Crusade – Dorylaeum down to rest.
To tie in with my post on the history of the battle and siege of Nicaea in the First Crusade, I thought it would be a good time to play a small battle set up in a similar way. As a ruleset I used Soldiers of God and I'll give some further thoughts on that … Continue reading The Battle of Nicaea – May 1097
In the last post, we looked at some of the key players in the First Crusade on both sides and how the various Christian leaders made their way to Constantinople (Byzantium). A brief summary of where we are so far: The Byzantine Emperor Alexios sent a request to the Pope to put out a call … Continue reading A Flippant History of the Crusades – The First Crusade – Naughty or Nicea?
In the last post we looked a little at the background of the Crusades and the state of the (relevant) world before the launch of the First Crusade. We also looked at the less than stellar performance of the People's Crusade, sometimes known as the Peasants Crusade, Crusade Zero, or a huge mob of mislead … Continue reading A Flippant History of the Crusades – The First Crusade – The Road to Constantinople
Last week I was able to roll out some of the 2D armies for some games. I'd put together forces for the Boyne, Culloden and Gettysburg and got a chance to play a couple of games with my father. Culloden didn't get onto the table, though as it was the one I was least interested … Continue reading Paper Wars in Action
Welcome to my new series exploring history in a fairly lighthearted way! A detailed treatise this is not, but rather a general gloss of the periods and events covered with a (hopefully) humorous twist. My aim is to give you enough of an introduction to peak your interest enough to delve deeper into the serious … Continue reading A Flippant History of the Crusades – Prelude