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Posted November 22, 2009
This overwritten analysis is tiring and uninspiring
A brief insight should be exactly that: concise and to the point. Tyerman manages to disengage my interest almost before I finish the dedication. In a book aimed, presumably, at those with little more than a passing interest in the subject, the object should be to draw the reader in with vivid imagery, swift-moving descriptions of key events, and personalizing the characters. Instead the style is fussy, the text repetitive, and the author's obvious knowledge wasted by the manner in which he conveys the message. For me The Crusades are a period of history that has been romanticized and I want to find a different perspective. What could have been an adsorbing topic is mired by my need to reread many of the passages in order to make sure I understood them and could put them in context. Overall it was too much work to enjoy.
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