Crusaders: An Epic History of the Wars for the Holy Lands (Paperback)Dan Jones (author)
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One of our leading popular historians tells the enthralling story of the Crusades with all the brio and pace of a historical thriller. Populated by extraordinary characters and dramatically rendered set-pieces, Crusaders is page-turning narrative history at its very best.
Dan Jones, best-selling chronicler of the Middle Ages, turns his attention to the history of the Crusades - the sequence of religious wars fought between the late eleventh century and late medieval periods, in which armies from European Christian states attempted to wrest the Holy Land from Islamic rule, and which have left an enduring imprint on relations between the Muslim world and the West.
From the preaching of the First Crusade by Pope Urban II in 1095 to the loss of the last crusader outpost in the Levant in 1302-03, and from the taking of Jerusalem from the Fatimids in 1099 to the fall of Acre to the Mamluks in 1291, Crusaders tells a tale soaked in Islamic, Christian and Jewish blood, peopled by extraordinary characters, and characterised by both low ambition and high principle.
Dan Jones is a master of popular narrative history, with the priceless ability to write page-turning narrative history underpinned by authoritative scholarship. Never before has the era of the Crusades been depicted in such bright and striking colours, or their story told with such gusto.
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Number of pages: 512
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
'Voyages, battles, sieges and slaughter: Dan Jones's tumultuous and thrilling history of the crusades is one of the best ... Jones is exceptionally good at giving evocative snapshots of medieval life, sometimes poignant, sometimes pure Monty Python' - The Sunday Times.
'[Jones] offers a 'tableau history' - a series of stories with wonderfully bizarre characters on both sides. It's impossible to be cynical about Jones the historian; he's enormously prolific, yet each book is impressively researched and beautifully written. He's a passionate writer, a rumbustious knight who loves his own literary crusade' - The Times.
'Bloody battles and epic sieges abound in this energetic history of the Crusades, a series of adventures that still has ramifications today' - The Mail on Sunday.
'Typically breezy and well-paced ... Jones sets out to entertain as well as inform, covering a great deal of ground' - The Financial Times.
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“A history that may be challenging for some made accessible for all”
A truly excellent and skilled piece of writing, specifically regarding the people of the Crusades. This is an emphasis that Jones stresses in his title and his introduction, and I strongly agree with his aim to focus... More
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