Record Details

Catalog Search

The accursed tower : the fall of Acre and the end of the Crusades  Cover Image Book Book

The accursed tower : the fall of Acre and the end of the Crusades / Roger Crowley.



"The 1291 siege of Acre was the Alamo of the Christian Crusades -- the final bloody battle for the Holy Land. After a desperate six weeks, the beleaguered citadel surrendered to the Mamluks, bringing an end to Christendom's two-hundred year adventure in the Middle East. In The Accursed Tower, Roger Crowley delivers a lively narrative of the lead-up to the siege and a vivid, blow-by-blow account of the climactic battle. Drawing on extant Arabic sources as well as untranslated Latin documents, he argues that Acre is notable for technical advances in military planning and siege warfare, and extraordinary for its individual heroism and savage slaughter. A gripping depiction of the crusader era told through its dramatic last moments, The Accursed Tower offers an essential new view on a crucial turning point in world history."

Item details

  • ISBN: 9781541697348
  • ISBN: 1541697340
  • Physical Description: xvi, 254 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First Edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2019.

Contents / Notes

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (pages 223-230) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
A brief timeline of the Crusades -- Prologue: The accursed tower -- The second kingdom of Jerusalem -- Death on the Nile -- Between the Mamluks and the Mongols -- The lion of Egypt -- A puppy yelping at a mastiff -- War to the enemy -- "My soul longed for Jihad" -- The red tent -- "Bolts of thunder, flashes of lightning" -- Sorties -- Negotiations -- "See the wound!" -- The terrible day -- Everything was lost -- Epilogue: A habitation for snakes.
Subject: Acre (Israel) > History > Siege, 1291.
Crusades > 13th-15th centuries.
Siege of Acre (Israel : 1291)
Israel > Acre.
Genre: History.

Currently available copies

  • 4 / 4 copies available at PINES


  • 0 current holds
Library System: Library Branch Name
Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status  
Azalea Regional Library System:
      Putnam County Public Library
956.94032 CRO
Send SMS Text
31056008701778 ADULT Available
Flint River Regional Library System:
      Griffin-Spalding County Library
956.94 CROWLEY
Send SMS Text
31022009403269 ADULT Available
Lee County Public Library:
      Leesburg Branch
956.94 CROW
Send SMS Text
31032006369496 ADULT Available
Statesboro Regional Library:
      Headquarters, Statesboro
Send SMS Text
31053002859611 ADULT Available

Additional Resources