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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 20, 2006

    Fantastic history that reads like a novel

    How do you get 100,000 people to leave their homes and walk a few thousand miles to fight in a strange land? The fact that this succeeded is frankly unexplainable after reading this book...except to say that Pope Urban's speech in 1097 must have been some speech. By the time they made it to Syria, there were half as many people, they had no food, and most of the horses were dead and the princes mostly penniless. They then proceeded to take over a few 'impenetrable' fortresses along the way! Once you get past the who's who chapter, the story comes off like this improbable adventure novel. Although a large portion of the book centers on the siege of Antioch (which was more interesting than the siege of Jerusalem)I was impressed with the author's ability to find the story despite the amazing number of players and time involved. Highly recommended overview of this oft referenced and little understood period of history.

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