The Crusades


A well-written illustrated history of the Crusades which so defined Medieval history. The author involves the reader in the tale and presents the major characters from the Islamic, Byzantine and Christian empires. Text and images blend into a compelling story. There is good use of full colour where available. Recent colour photographs form a seamless tapestry with some rare full colour illustrations from the period, black and white photographs, reproductions of Medieval drawings and paintings, and maps and sketches. In a period when life was short, brutal and hard, religion and perceptions of an afterlife took on an importance that is difficult to imagine in a different age but the author conveys that perspective. A thousand years on and we are again experiencing some of the religious and racial tensions that were central to the Crusades

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