Jones, the author of collections of children's fairy tales and a producer of films in the Monty Python series, and Ereira, a BBC executive, produced this book to accompany a forthcoming TV series on crusades. Splendidly illustrated, cleverly and wittily written, the book is likely to do a great deal of damage. It is rife with errors of fact, anachronisms, and vulgarisms. Worse, it is pervaded with a vicious, if politically correct, anti-Catholic bigotry, suggesting that the authors know very little medieval history (although a bibliography does list some of the standard reference works on the crusades). With no reference to Muslim Spain, generally acknowledged as the source of the crusading idea; with no concept of the social or cultural implications (what of women, mathematics, medicine, diet, etc.?); without even a definition of the term crusade, the authors explain the various movements solely as sporadic events linked by religious fanaticism. Westerners today pay a heavy price for their ignorance of the Middle East and their imperialistic exploitation of that region. The general public to whom the book is directed deserves better than they get here.-Bennett D. Hill, Georgetown Univ., Washington, D.C.