Post-classical history

La Devise des Chemins de Babiloine

La Devise des Chemins de Babiloine was a document put together on the directions of the grand master of the Hospitallers, Fulk of Villaret, most probably in 1306 or 1307. Its compilers surveyed the numbers and effectiveness of the fighting forces available to the Mamlûk sultan in Egypt and Syria and also gave a detailed breakdown of mileages between places throughout the sultanate. It should be considered as a companion document to a Hospitaller memorandum devoted to the advantages and disadvantages of a crusade in the near future. Although the Hospitallers did not actually favor an imminent invasion of either Egypt or Syria, they thoroughly researched the possibility of mounting one.

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