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Sunday, June 1, 2014
Seljuks and Normans
Western army invades a Middle Eastern country, relying on superior military
technology to “shock and awe” a numerically superior Muslim opponent. After
achieving a seemingly decisive victory the triumphant invaders set out to build
a new state based on the prevailing European political model. The commander of
the invading force then marries off his sister to an enemy warlord. When the
warlord dies in battle, she flees to Eastern Anatolia, declaring herself regent
for a newborn son whose Turkmen Atabeg
you assumed this was the story of Crusader Knight Raymond of St. Egidier, Seljuq
King Kilij Arslan, then you already know what happens next. If not, you can read about it here.