An Epic History of the Wars for the Holy Lands
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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 eleventh 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.
'Compelling ... Jones is adept at teasing out the array of motivations that propelled the crusaders on an arduous, often harrowing, journey to an uncertain, violent destination ... An avowedly pluralist account in which equal weight is given to the experiences of Christians and Muslims ... Jones has written an epic of his own here, as complex as it is compelling' Prospect. 'A fresh and vibrant account of a conflict that raged across medieval centuries' Jonathan Phillips. 'A powerful story brilliantly told. Dan Jones writes with pace, wit and insight' Helen Castor. 'This is rollercoaster history ... Dan Jones has a nose for the dramatic, disgusting and bizarre ... Every page of his extraordinary book provides vivid evidence of the Crusades' continuing ability to mesmerise' The Times. 'Voyages, battles, sieges and slaughter: Dan Jones's tumultuous and thrilling history of the crusades is one of the best ... Jones is exceptionally good at giving evocative snapshots of medieval life, sometimes poignant, sometimes pure Monty Python' Sunday Times.