A relief bringing cool breeze* swept lazily over the hot, dusty plains of Dorylaeum in the summer of 1097. To the east stood the forces of Kilij Arslan upon their innumerable steeds. To the west stood the glittering battle line of Bohemond's vanguard of crusaders, protecting the camp that lay directly behind them by the … Continue reading Battle Report – The Battle of Dorylaeum (1097)
A Flippant History of the Crusades – The First Crusade – Dorylaeum down to rest.
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.
The Battle of Nicaea – May 1097
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
A Flippant History of the Crusades – The First Crusade – Naughty or Nicea?
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?