Tancred or the New Cru...
Benjamin Disraeli
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Tancred or the New Crusade

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According to Wikipedia: "Benjamin Disraeli, 1st Earl of Beaconsfield, born Benjamin D'Israeli, (21 December 1804 - 19 April 1881), was a British Conservative statesman and literary figure. He served in government for three decades, twice as Prime Minister. An Anglican, he was nonetheless the country's first and thus far only Prime Minister of Jewish heritage Disraeli's gre...more
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Published January 1st 2009 by B&R Samizdat Express (first published February 1st 1971)
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Haythem Bastawy
Tancred is the story of a Victorian crusader. Unlike the violent crusaders of the middle ages, he is crusading the Middle East this time with his European Enlightenment, civilisation and religion as the rightful heir to the holy land. In Tancred, Disraeli establishes a strong link between Judaism and Christianity, and discovers that in many ways half the statesmen who run the world are linked to Judaism one way or another. The European Tancred, unlike the 'decayed' races of the Middle East, is j...more
Beginning this, I found hope and promise in a clever, novel story, but at moments that novelness was destroyed by Disraeli's attempts at philosophizing. (I know, I know; he's a Victorian; what did I expect??!) So the book is interesting and great in those moments when the story itself is progressing though action; it is much less interesting and great in those moments when the "situation" is being described or character backgrounds are being discussed.

The story is the story of Tancred, an ideal...more
Well, that was pretty awful. If you're studying Disraeli, I guess you have to read one of the novels. Since I'm interested in Disraeli's Jewish self-concept, Tancred made sense; it is largely set in Ottoman Syria - modern Israel and Lebanon -- and many of the key characters are Jewish. In Tancred, Disraeli lets his characters make the point thar he made in English society: My ancestors were writing the great literature of the ancient world and giving birth to your religion when your ancestors we...more
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One of the great British politicians of the nineteenth century, Disraeli served twice as Tory Prime Minister (1868 and 1874 - 1880) and was also a prominent figure in opposition. He is most famous today for the bitter hatred between himself and his political rival William Gladstone. He enjoyed the favour of Queen Victoria, who shared his dislike of Gladstone. His most significant political achieve...more
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