Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine

Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine

The House of Godwin

The House of Godwin

The Mamluks

Slave Warriors of Medieval Islam

Publication Date15th October 2023

Book FormatHardback

pages288

Illustrations30

Height234

Width156

The colourful story of the Mamluk dynasty – marked with treachery, carnage and destructive behaviour – is a significant chapter in the history of the Near East.
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ISBN
9781398107342

From humble beginnings as slaves in Egypt, the Mamluks trained as soldiers and rose in status to seize control of the largest empire in Islam. They ruled over Egypt and Syria for over two centuries. They saved the region from devastation from the Mongols and expelled the last of the Crusaders from the Holy Land.


The Mamluks presided over the last flowering of the culture of medieval Islam, where their scientific and artistic achievements were at least preserved, if only advanced a little.


Conquest by the Ottomans of 1517 may have ended the Mamluke Sultanate, but the Mamluks themselves continued as a powerful military class until modern times. They fought Napoleon when he invaded Egypt in 1798. Their alleged end in 1811 was as bloody as the rest of their history, but there is even evidence of the Mamluks continuing longer, possibly until the later nineteenth century.

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