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


Defender of Jerusalem is an historical biography set in the Holy Land in the fateful decades before the Battle of the Horns of Hattin (1187).  It is the second novel in Helena P. Schrader’s historical series about Balian d’Ibelin.  In Schrader’s previous novel, Knight of Jerusalem, readers watched as Balian…

ANALYSIS: Was The Battle Of Arsuf, 7 September 1191, A Truly “Decisive” Battle?

My novel of the Third Crusade, The Holy Lance, is available here.   The Battle On 7 September 1191, the approximately 20,000-strong crusader army of King Richard the Lionheart met the 25,000 or so fighters of Saladin army on a 1-2 mile wide plateau that skirted the Mediterranean Sea near…

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…

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