David Nicolle

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David Nicolle
David in Berlin, May 2011 copy.JPG
Born 4 April 1944
Occupation Historian
Nationality British
Subject Military history:
Middle East
Medieval warfare

Dr. David C. Nicolle (born 4 April 1944) is a British historian specialising in the military history of the Middle Ages, with a particular interest in the Middle East.

Nicolle has worked for the BBC Arabic Service, and also lectured in World and Islamic art and architecture at Yarmouk University, Jordan. He currently lives in the United Kingdom.

Nicolle was on the editorial board of the Medieval History Magazine.

David Nicolle worked for the BBC Arabic Service before getting his MA at the School of African Oriental Studies. He gained a PHD in Edinburgh University. His interest in the medieval world was shown in the number of books and articles he has written to teach World and Islamic art and architectural history at Yarmouk University in Jordan.

He married an American, Colette Giroux in 1976; they have a son Frederick Joseph ("Fred", born 1982) and a daughter Dr. Antoinette Laura ("Nette", born 1984). He now lives and works in Woodhouse Eaves, Leicestershire.[1]

Selected works

  • (1990) Attila and the nomad hordes: warfare on the Eurasian steppes 4th-12th centuries, Osprey Publishing, ISBN 0-85045-996-6
  • (1991) French Medieval Armies 1000-1300. London: Osprey Publishing, ISBN 1-85532-127-0
  • (1992) Arthur and the Anglo-Saxon Wars: Anglo-Celtic Warfare, A.D.410-1066, Osprey Publishing, ISBN 0-85045-548-0
  • (1993) Armies of the Muslim Conquest, Osprey Publishing, ISBN 1-85532-279-X
  • (1993) Hattin 1187: Saladin's Greatest Victory, Osprey Publishing, ISBN 1-85532-284-6
  • (1994) The Ottoman Army 1914-1918, Osprey Publishing
  • (1995) Medieval Warfare Source Book: Warfare in Western Christendom, Brockhampton Press, ISBN 1-86019-889-9
  • (1996) Medieval Warfare Source Book: Christian Europe and its Neighbours, Brockhampton Press, ISBN 1-86019-861-9
  • (1997) The History of Medieval Life, Hamlyn
  • (1998) Crusader Warfare: Muslims, Mongols and the Struggle Against the Crusades, Osprey Publishing, ISBN 1-85532-697-3
  • (1999) Arms and Armour of the Crusading Era, 1050-1350: Western Europe and the Crusader States, Greenhill Books, ISBN 1-85367-347-1
  • (2000) Crecy, 1346: Triumph of the Black Prince, Osprey Publishing, ISBN 1-85532-966-2.
  • (2000) French Armies of the Hundred Years War. London: Osprey Publishing, ISBN 1-85532-710-4.
  • (2001) Knight Hospitaller, volumes I and II; Osprey Publishing, Botley, Oxfordshire
  • (2002) Warriors and Their Weapons Around the Time of the Crusades: Relationships Between Byzantium, the West and the Islamic World, Ashgate, ISBN 0-86078-898-9
  • (2004) Poitiers 1356: The Capture of a King, Osprey Publishing, ISBN 1-84176-516-3.
  • (2005) Crusader Castles in the Holy Land 1192-1302. Osprey Publishing, ISBN 1-84176-827-8.
  • (2005) Crecy 1346: Triumph of the Longbow, Greenwood Press, ISBN 0-275-98843-0
  • (2007) Crusader Castles in Cyprus, Greece and the Aegean 1191-1571, Osprey Publishing, ISBN 1-84176-976-2.
  • (2007) Fighting for the Faith: Crusade and Jihad 1000-1500 AD, Pen & Sword Military, ISBN 1-84415-614-1
  • (2011) Saladin: Leadership - Strategy - Conflict. Osprey Publishing, ISBN 978-1-84908-317-1


As editor


  1. back cover of "History of Medieval Life" by David Nicolle