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Crusaders: The Epic History of the Wars for the Holy Lands

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A major new history of the Crusades with an unprecedented wide scope, told in a tableau of portraits of people on all sides of the wars, from the New York Times bestselling author of The Templars.

For more than one thousand years, Christians and Muslims lived side by side, sometimes at peace and sometimes at war. When Christian armies seized Jerusalem in 1099, they began the mos
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published October 1st 2019 by Viking (first published September 9th 2019)
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Jeffrey Keeten
Sep 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
”Christ may have abhorred violence, but warfare, killing, bloodshed and even genocide nevertheless remained familiar parts of Christian exegesis.”

In 1095, Pope Urban II received a summons from Byzantine Emperor Alexios I Komnenos, asking for help with removing Muslim Seljuk Turks from his lands. In a speech later that year at the Council of Clermont, he demanded the Christians of the West to wrest the Holy Land from the barbarian Turks. The volunteer response to his request was good, but it sure
Oct 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Well researched and very interesting!
Mark Gannon
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, religious, war
This book worked hard for it's five stars, and they were well earned. This is the third book by Dan Jones that I have read and he never fails to impress. He has taken the Crusades, with its long history, tangled politics and sometimes larger than life characters and presented it in a format that is easy to read and easy to understand for the average person.

I am not really one for long reviews, so I will leave you with this-- the book is well written, obviously well researched, the pr
Oct 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
What is there new to say about one of the most frequently written about events in human history? To his credit Dan Jones makes no grandiose claims about a fresh interpretation, but instead approaches the story from the standpoint of some of the key individuals involved: men and women who played a role in the various military campaigns and the Christian kingdoms they spawned. An accomplished writer with a gift for identifying the engaging detail, Jones writes about their lives in an entertaining ...more
Jul 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, history
(Note: I received an ARC of this book through NetGalley)

“Crusaders” is definitely an ambitious take on a subject that has already had so much written about it. Dan Jones goes well beyond the Levant and Egypt to also include the Reconquista in the Iberian Peninsula, the oft-forgotten Baltic Crusades, Sicily, and elsewhere throughout three different continents. Despite the hefty reach over both its geographic and chronological range, it successfully avoids turning into a bog of place names, names
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Such a great read. Superb. Review to come.



And yeah, I rated it already, what'cha gonna do about it?
Aug 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: history
My first Dan Jones book. Very much worth all the effort.
Jason Wilson
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Via Audible.

As the author explains, the book is called Crusaders as the generic name of crusades was not applied to what was several conflicts over four centuries till much later .

Thus the narrative is angled from its participants . Broadly this works well a is cogent though I was glad I had read other stuff about this period first. The book is even handed about all sides; the internal power struggles among both Christians and Arabs, and atrocities ( the book points out t
Kerry Hennigan
Oct 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Although "Crusaders" is about some very unholy activities practiced by the combatants from both West and East in the Middle Ages, Dan Jones' new history on the subject is an exciting and entertaining read.

While the 'adventures' of Richard the Lionheart and Saladin may sound the stuff of Boy's Own tales, their histories, and those of others who ventured on the wars for the Holy Land (with side trips to Egypt and Byzantium) before and after them, can - and have - resulted in some dry tomes, this,
Scott Wozniak
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Rather than tell all the details of the all the people and battles of this multi-century period of the crusades, he picks some of the most interesting and important people. From Saladin to the rise of the Queen of Jerusalem, the stories show how this is far more than just a bunch of knights using Jesus as an excuse for conquest (which sadly did happen). It's also a time shaped by Arab politics, military technology and has as much West vs. West and Arab vs. Arab as it does the stereotypical battl ...more
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, edelweiss
A history book according to my heart, well written and well researched, without any abstruse occult theory.
I studied the Crusades at school and at the university so the content was not unknown to me but I appreciated the fresh look at this complex and fascinating series of historical events that involves most of the main player on the European scene during the whole Middle Age.
I liked the style of writing, how the book is organised and how engrossing and entertaining this book is. ...more
So I apparently have yet to meet a book by Dan Jones that disappoints me. He has surprised and amazed me once again with his new book: a whole lot of information about a very hostile time broken down into easily understood and comprehendable material. I also liked the way he approached the Crusaders: rather than focusing on the group as a whole and what they were fighting for, he chose to focus on specific individuals from every side of the conflict. I highly recommend this book (and all of his others!).
C.M. Crockford
Aug 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Andrew Hurst
Oct 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is well researched and well written. It is a complicated subject and Dan Jones writes in an entertaining and readable style.
Ryan Lokkesmoe
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Dan Jones writes history in a form that’s both interesting and readable without sacrificing detail. “Crusaders” is nearly as good as “Plantagenets”.
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Dan Jones is a historian, broadcaster and award-winning journalist. His books, including The Plantagenets, Magna Carta, The Templars and The Colour of Time, have sold more than one million copies worldwide. He has written and hosted dozens of TV shows including the acclaimed Netflix/Channel 5 series 'Secrets of Great British Castles'. For ten years Dan wrote a weekly column for the London Evening ...more