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The Last Crusade: The Seventh Crusade and the Final Battle for the Holy Land Hardcover – 1 Aug 2007

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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press; 1st Edition edition (1 Aug. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752443895
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752443898
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.2 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,215,401 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I have always had an interest in history but have sometimes been disappointed at the dryness with which books on it can be written. History needs to come alive to make it real and not appear to be some distant and remote subject of little relevance to our world. That is why I try my best to bring out the drama in the subjects that I write about whilst at the same time trying to ensure that the books I am involved with are based entirely on fact.

I started writing about twelve years ago and have been constantly amazed at the things I didn't know about the subjects I research to write about. My main interest is in medieval history which is why my early books were mainly on the Crusades. However I am always interested in new discoveries so I do find myself looking at new areas all the time - for example I am currently writing a book on the Dambusters.

I hope that those that read my books will at least share some of my enthusiasm for the subjects that I write about and will also understand something of the importance of history to the world that we live in today.

I am very lucky in that I have a job that takes me around the world into lots of places that I wouldn't otherwise visit. This is what for example inspired me to write about the Mongols - I worked in Mongolia for a while and fell in love with the place. Most of my work is in slightly offbeat places which is great for introducing me to places of great beauty and histories of great interest that I wouldn't otherwise know about.

I look forward to writing for many years and am always happy to hear from anyone who has read my books with any positive or negative comments - I am always trying to get better at what I do. Thanks for taking the time to read this.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 16 Nov. 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is my third Bartlett book, the first - Assasins: the story of medieval Islam's secret sect; the second book - The road to Armageddon: The last years of the Crusader kingdom of Jerusalem'.

What I like best about his books are their readability. Bartlett's account of events are such it is easy to forget that many sources of information i.e. chronicles, tend to be rather dry.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The battles are vivid, the politics tricky. And you really do get a feel for the difficulties the French King faced in putting together this Crusade. Especially having to contend with the likes of Henry III of England and the machinations of Emperor Frederick II.

The only problem with this title is the lack of maps, I hope this is not repeated with his other titles I plan to read in future.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Brendan T. Mckenna on 25 Jan. 2008
Format: Hardcover
The best book I read in 2005 was Tom Holland's feted PERSIAN FIRE. The best book I read in 2007 was Bartlet's THE LAST CRUSADE.
I have been fascinated by the crusades for a number of years now and I have read most of the major titles published in the last ten years but this one has to be one of the most informative and enjoyable that I have read. Bartlet's description of battle is UNBELEIVABLE and yet his attention to history is never diluted. He is remarkably sensitve to the Catholicism, history, and drama of the event and his depiction of LouisIX is almost affectionate without being 'too much.' If you read one book about the Crusades this one strikes the best balance between a good story and a good history. Fabulous. I can't recomend it enough. Happy reading!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Sewell on 12 Aug. 2011
Format: Hardcover
A very impressive contribution by an author clearly at home with the material;the choice of topic is also apposite, as this crusade would not be that familiar to many English readers of the period. As per another reviewer, the lack of a map/maps is a disappointment, particularly one showing the Nile delta area of Egypt. Nevertheless, 'twas a pleasure to read, and my next visit to Paris will include la Sainte-Chapelle!
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