This is fantastic narrative history; but a word of warning is in order.
When Sir Steven Runciman wrote his three-volume history of the Crusades in the 1950s, his focus... Read more
This is an exquisitely written book (or set of books). I strongly disagree with the reviewers who have said that the books are difficult to read for a layman. Read morePublished on 28 Dec. 2009 by M. Berenblut
Apart from the long lists of names that come thick and fast, this is an excellent account of the Crusades. Read morePublished on 25 April 2007 by Mr. Y. A. Ahmed
of the plethora of books i have read in all subjects, i have the best memories of these. Especially the first 2 books because they are not only vividly factual but also very... Read morePublished on 13 Feb. 2007 by Ethan
Steve Runciman's first volume is a good read. It stays very factual. Rarely does his own opinion obscure the facts. Read morePublished on 8 Aug. 2006 by A. P. Story
As an earlier reviewer has noted, this is a book essentially intended for genuine historians, and is thus a little dry for interested laymen like myself. Read morePublished on 27 July 2001
This is not an easy book to read - the style is academic and somewhat old fashioned and the names take a while to sink in. Read morePublished on 4 April 2001 by JR