Perhaps no other period in history is as misunderstood as the Crusades, and in this fast-paced account Brownworth presents the entire story, from the first clash of Christendom and Islam in the dusty sands of Yarmouk, to the fall of the last crusader state. Along the way he introduces the reader to an exotic world peopled by mighty emperors, doomed Templars, grasping generals, and ambitious peasants. Some of the most famous names of the Middle Ages - Richard the Lionheart, Saladin, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and the legendary Prester John - illuminate this era of splendor, adventure, and faith.
|Publisher:||Crux Publishing Ltd|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)|
About the Author
Joe Barrett has been a working stage, screen, and recording booth actor since 1974 and an award-winning and eight-time Audie Award-nominated audiobook narrator since 1999. He also practiced law for five years-but don't hold that against him. Joe is married to actress Andrea Wright, and together they have four children.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I learned more about the eight crusades in Lars Brownworth's popular history of this subject than I have in any academic course I have taken. Outremer and the Levant were thoroughly explained so that the reader can visualize the rather complicated geography of the eastern Mediterranean coast in relation to the Crusader States. I thought the Cast of Characters was a reference tool that was easy for the reader to return to time and again as he read the book with its multitude of central figures from popes and emperors to Prester John and Yolande. Last but not least, is the Epilogue which Brownworth treats with respectful provocation and a timely analysis. A highlight of the book!
Perfect for anyone with an interest in history. This reads like a story - which it is - but the epilogue in particular is excellent, summing up the impact of the crusades on both the modern east and west. Worth buying just for that.
Lars Brownworth's book on the Crusades is a welcome addition to the cannon of works on the subject. Like Will Durant, Brownworth gives us clear and detailed history using a plethora of primary sources while also weaving a narrative that keeps the reader riveted for 300+ pages. Excellent!