Andrew Latham

About me

Andrew Latham was born in England, raised in Canada and currently lives in the United States. He graduated from York University in Toronto with a BA (Honours) in Political Science and later earned an MA from Queen’s University in Kingston and a PhD from his alma mater, York.

Since 1997 Andrew has been a member of the Political Science Department at Macalester College in Saint Paul, Minnesota, where he where he lives with his wife Wendy, daughter Bernadette and son Michael. Andrew regularly teaches courses in Medieval Political Thought, International Security and Regional Conflict. His most recent publications include a non-fiction book entitled Theorizing Medieval Geopolitics: War and World Order in the Age of the Crusades. Andrew’s first novel, The Holy Lance, was published by Knox Robinson in March 2015. You can buy it here

From my website

ANALYSIS: Had the Crusaders Taken Jerusalem in 1192, Could They Have Held it?

My novel of the Third Crusade, The Holy Lance, is available here   In my last post I argued that by January 1192 the “correlation of forces” were such that, had he continued his advance on Jerusalem, Richard the Lionheart would surely have taken the city from Saladin.  This prompted considerable…

ANALYSIS: Could King Richard Have Taken Jerusalem in Winter 1191/2?

Author of The Holy Lance, available here   In my last post, I discussed the strategic rationale behind King Richard’s decision to abandon the drive on Jerusalem in January 1192.  The conventional explanation, I argued, was that a combination of tactical/operational factors converged in late December/early January to persuade the…

ANALYSIS: Why King Richard Abandoned the March on Jerusalem in January 1192

When we look back on the Third Crusade (1189-1192) it is all but impossible not to be struck by how close King Richard and the Christian host came to decisively defeating Saladin and re-taking Jerusalem.  Twice during the campaign – in January 1192 and again in July 1192 – the…

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