The High Crusade
None of these worries normally included traipsing through the galaxy on a captured spaceship ("Lo! It was as a miracle!"), fighting the aliens' advanced technologies with lances and trebuchets, and reshaping the galaxy in acco ...more
The plot sounds a bit hokey but it made such a good story. I think it could have made an ever better one, but my imagination took the original and ran with it. Fun, enjoyable, imaginative, original (nothing like it then and only variations since). As I said I like it. If it were written ...more
The aliens made a cosmic blunder by messing with an English baron and his fiefdom. What ensues is a story that must be read to be believed and it is hard to put down. While reading this I could not help but recall scenes from Monty Python and the Holy Grail, especially the scenes with Michael Palin as the lord of the castle in the swamps, saying, “Please! This is supp ...more
With one of the most original premises (accurately set forth in the Goodreads description above) that I've ever encountered, Anderson uses a mildly humorous tone in much of this book, but it has its serious side ...more
The novel is great fun--a short, fast-paced read told as the first person account of Bro ...more
de Tourneville is almost a stereotypical jock, more concerned with the sport of killing Saracens than in wooing his beloved. But ther ...more
One of the reasons I joined "my" sci-fi/fantasy book group is that I really wanted to connect with other readers of the fantastic. How fortunate to have found the group of people I did.
I came across The High Crusade via a book group friend; what a surprise to find it in my hands. It's a slim little thing, a pretty quick read, and very much fun.
Overall? I enjoyed this a lot. The idea is pretty fun: aggressive aliens come to medieval England and find a lot more than they expected ...more
The local knight isn't thrilled with this arrangement and decides that he's going to find a way to take his people home no matter what.
and Poul Anderson does it all in about 150 pages. Great story.
At the time I didn't understand why this story wasn't a huge success like STAR WARS or LORD OF THE RINGS. Now I think I see what's missing.
1.) No Underdog to root for. The English as a group are underdogs, but the main character, Sir Roger deTourneville, is too much of a super duper football hero. (Someone else called him a stereotypical jock.) He's not a cha ...more
The High Crusade is the chronicle of a Roger de Tourneville, as recorded by Brother Parvus and the events that took place after a spaceship landed near the town of Ansby, where Sir Roger was preparing to depart on a crusade. The aliens disembark their spaceship wielding a phase guns, but are quickly overtaken by an English heavy cavalry charge. Sir Roger intends to take the spaceship w ...more
I wonder what Poul Anderson thought the first time this idea popped into his head. Because it's completely bonkers, and what did you expect, it works out in a crazy way.
Many have endeavoured in the world of medieval fiction, others have tried their hands on science fiction and trying to answer the question whether we're alone in the universe.
Poul Anderson probably wanted to write historical fiction and science fiction, but couldn't choose which one he l ...more
A spaceship arrives in a medieval kingdom. Instead of being paralyzed with surpris, the English Knights charge into the fray and take the battle to the aliens. From here, the story escalates to one of increasingly lucky conquest. Far more Pulp SF than Hard SF, I imagine a serialized audience becoming more incredulous with each weeks installment.
The characters are mostly static, encountering a small difficulty then resolving it fairly soon. The narrat ...more
Basically, it's "advanced aliens come to Earth with the intent of taking over and killing/enslaving us all, but the English/Americans fight back!" The only difference from the standard version: the English in question are from the 1200s. They defeat the blueskinned hordes with horse and mace.
Sure, a bit contrived, but it pares down to the best part of these invading-aliens plots. So what if the Englishmen aren't as advanced as we were during, say, Ind ...more
I only put this in here because I was reminded of it when I read Cieza de Leon's The Discovery and Conquest of Peru. The wild improbability of a bunch of smelly barbarians conquering a powerful and highly developed society would ...more
The book is an enjoyable read as a novel, but as an exploration of feudalism, diplomacy and institutional change the book show's Mr. Anderson's true genius. Space feudalism not only prevailin ...more
A wonderful book.
Crociata spaziale La favolosa età del Medio Evo si interseca ai viaggi intergalattici in un complesso misterioso e avvincente. Dalle profondità del cosmo, durante l'era delle Crociate, discende, presso una cittadino della Gran Bretagna, una potente astronave, i cui occupanti, esseri mostruosi, sono vinti da un gruppo di Crociati in attesa di partire per liberare il Santo Sepolcro. Essi si impadroniscono del vascello spaziale, e congetturano di usarlo per recarsi in Terra Santa. Per il tradimento...more
Poul William Anderson was an American science fiction author who began his career during one of the Golden Ages of the genre and continued to write and remain popular into the 21st century. Anderson also authored several works of fantasy, historical novels, and a prodigious number of short stories. He received numerous a ...more