War in Paradise


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History Today
Vol. 57, no. 9 (September 2007), p. 36-41


Jonathan Phillips explains how Damascus, 'Paradise of the Orient' and a spiritual home for Muslims, became a major battleground of the Second Crusade; one in which the resistance of its people, coupled with the tactical errors on the part of the crusaders made it a turning point in the fortunes of the Christian cause in the Levant