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Richard the Lionheart: The Mighty Crusader [Kindle Edition]

David Miller
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The greatest general of medieval times



King Richard I's personal bravery on the battlefield won him the name 'Lionheart' but as David Miller reveals, his battles and campaigns demonstrate a brilliant grasp of strategy and tactics. The 'Lionheart' was no mere medieval 'head banger' but a thoughtful military leader, the only Crusader commander who managed to get an army to Palestine without going bankrupt in the process.



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The greatest general of medieval times

About the Author

David Miller served in the British Army from 1956 to 1991 but took early retirement to become a journalist and to write books. He has had over 40 books published on subjects ranging from the Samurai through the Battle of Waterloo to the Cold War, and from a shipwreck in the Falkland Islands to the Crusades. Working on the latter book revived his interest in Richard the Lionheart, one of the greatest warrior-kings England has ever known.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 699 KB
  • Print Length: 193 pages
  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson (17 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E9HR5JY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #331,951 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Richard the Lion of a King 14 Feb. 2010
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a great book by David Miller and it takes the reader to the very heart of Richard the Lionheart's brilliant military campaign during the third crusade. It covers his rapid conquest of Cyprus, the battle of Acre, Jaffa, Arsuf and his failed attempt to take Jerusalem. Despite it being a concise book it is very informative giving good explanations on medieval logistics, weapons and much more. I also found the book was illustrated with just about the right amount of maps and diagrams. The book does highlight what an incredible warrior king England did have in Richard the Lionheart and gives ample descriptions of his valour, narrow escapes and sheer tactical brilliance as a military commander. Miller also ensures that the reader can understand what it was like to live and fight on a military campaign during this brutal historical period. The book is not intended to be a biography but it does supply an adequate overview of Richard's reign and failure or neglect as a King and royal husband. Overall an excellent compelling read about a military campaign involving a historic and brilliant warrior king.
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5.0 out of 5 stars History of a military genius 2 Oct. 2005
Format:Paperback
With the recent crusades of Bush, Blair and company it is fashionable to look back at the medieval crusades with a revisionist eye. David Miller does not fall into this trap seeing King Richard's crusade as practical mission to secure access to Jerusalem for western pilgrims. A right they had enjoyed until the Turkoman invasions of the 11th Century.
Miller sets out the history then admirably describes Richard's brilliant military campaign. To put together such a large operation in hostile territory thousands of miles from home was a feat of genius. If you want to be taken to the heart of Richard's campaign, without bleeding heart liberal moralizing this is the book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Arch Stanton TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Hardcover
First off, this book is not a biography in the normal sense. It covers the military campaigns of King Richard and includes little of the politics and quarrels of his life. If you want a biography of the great king then I would recommend John Gillingham's excellent Richard I. That said, this book is an excellent look at what few qualified people try to cover: His military accomplishments. Looking at his life from a military perspective makes clear how this man succeeded so well in what he did. For a man who spent most of his life at war this is a necessary perspective. It is high time that his career was looked at by a military historian.
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