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The author is a renowned historical novelist and this history is a rare achievement, being both a detailed account of world-shaping events, and an exciting, pacy narrative with flashes of humour. The bulk of the text relies on the large three-volume standard authority, 'History of the Crusades', by Sir Steven Runciman, but the general level of writing makes it suitable for the average reader and introductory history courses. Supported by a good selection of maps, line drawings, and photographs the roots of the story are skillfully sketched in the introductory chapter, covering first century Jerusalem, the Roman Emperor Constantine c.AD300, the splitting of the Roman empire into east and west, the rise of Islam in Arabia, and the establishment of Christian pilgrimage from Europe to the Holy Sites in Jerusalem. The bulk of the text then gives a vivid outline of the characters, the places, and the politics of the Crusades from 1097-1291. Many famous names are set in context and brought to life: the Norman knights; Saladin and Richard (Coeur de Lion) the Lionheart; the Popes, Caliphs, and Emperors; Zengi and the Turks; the original Assassins of Persia and the Knights Templar, Hospital, and Teutonic--all are faithfully and rapidly recounted and fairly represented. A feast of a book, which manages to make the whole period come alive, and whets the appetite for more.
The review of this Book prepared by Michael JR Jose








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Kind Of History

Time of history:    -   1000-1600 AD History of military?    -   Yes Armed Forces:    -   Army History of religion?    -   Yes Nationality?    -   EUROPE Specific war?    -   Crusades Religion?    -   General Christians!

Subjects of this Historical Account

Religion? (if plays a major part)    -   Catholics! Ethnicity (if plays a major part)    -   European/White Is the portrayal sympathetic?    -   Sympathetic From a certain profession/group?    -   land soldiers Intelligence of subject of history:    -   Smart

Setting

Middle East?    -   Yes Middle East    -   Lebanon

Writing Style

How much gore?    -   4 () How fast-paced is the book?    -   8 () Accounts of torture and death?    -   explicit references to deaths Book makes you feel...    -   in awe How much focus on stories of individuals?    -   Focuses on brief history of a lot of players How much romance?    -   2 () Is book humorous?    -   Yes If humorous, kind of humor    -   gentle humor Minor characters feature lots of:    -   blue collar types Is this a kid's book?    -   Ages 14-16 Pictures/Illustrations?    -   A significant amount Maps necessary?    -   Necessary maps provided Length of book    -   250-300 pages How much emphasis on small details?    -   5 ()

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