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Crusaders

An Epic History of the Wars for the Holy Lands
By: Dan Jones
Narrated by: Dan Jones
Length: 16 hrs and 8 mins
Categories: History, European
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Summary

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 11th 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.

©2019 Dan Jones (P)2019 Head of Zeus

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Not as advertised

Disappointing but only because, having read the blurb and heard the author on a podcast, I thought this would be a deep dive into the personal experiences of several individuals during the crusades. But it's not. It is a very good, well read history that, arguably, spends a bit more time on individuals but not in any meaningful way.

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Very In depth

Very clearly narrated. Very in depth and informative.
Especially liked the end section. . .

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Excellent history

Fantastic summary of the Crusades. Dan Jones is one of our best medieval historians. 10\10

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“Crusaders”

The book obsesses about the crusades in the lecant and ignores the European (Albigensian, Teutonic crusades etc).

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