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The First Crusade: A New History
The First Crusade: A New History
by Thomas Asbridge
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

8 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Truly Engrossing, 19 Aug. 2005
This book was my first real step into the world of the crusades having no significant knowledge of the whole affair, i found it extremely informative and genuinely satisfying to read.
The basis of the book is really simply a chronology of the beginnings to the end of the first crusade. While being full of in depth information the book never swamps you with too much historical jargon for example "duke so and so was related to Viscount (insert place never heard of)".
I would recommend heartily this book to anyone with an ounce of interest in history.
One thing to be said though is that the book has no content on the Knights templar which i assume could draw many people to the book just to be dissapointed.
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Alexander Vol 1: Child of a Dream
Alexander Vol 1: Child of a Dream
by Valerio Massimo Manfredi
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars (simple, truthful, organised) History!, 15 Jan. 2005
I found this book (aswell as the other two in the trilogy) to be one of the best books i have read on the subject of alexander of macedon. From my point of view the goodness that comes from this book is simply that the writer has not tried to add anything too much to a story that is simply brilliant by itself. This book truly made me awe inspired by alexander and his achievements.
In conclusion that in the writing this book mr manfredi has remained a true historian and told a great story of the ages that does not need artisitic flair to be made readable!

The Grail Quest (1) - Harlequin
The Grail Quest (1) - Harlequin
by Bernard Cornwell
Edition: Paperback

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous, 27 July 2004
This novel was my first step into what i have now come to know as the marvellous literary world of Mr Cornwell, and it did not disappoint.
The first of the " The grail quest trilogy" The book is set at the very beggining of the infamous hundred years war between the English and French. The plot revovles around a certain young english longbowman called Thomas. Thomas's home village is sacked by raiding party from france, resulting in his fathers death and the theft of a local relic. The resulting story ensues as Thomas joins the english army to avenge the wrongs he has been caused and travels with the army into france to seek revenge on his french enemies.
The book is an excellent read. The plot is never short of medieaval action which is provided through cornwells glorious depiction of the battles and skirmishes that the young hero undergoes. The story flows sublimely easing gently through the pages like an english river on a heady summers day until the battles scenes that is where it thunders with the power and emotion of a waterfall. Apart from being a great book, a brilliant attribute to its curriculum vitae is the way in which the history in which the book is set is easily distributed to the mind giving the reader a chance to come away from the book feeling happy about the book but (as is the case with most cornwell novels) as more knowledgable on an important period of English history. I would recommend this book to anybody who likes a brilliantly mastered plot with more than a hint of 'factionalality'.

The Gates of Rome (Emperor Series, Book 1)
The Gates of Rome (Emperor Series, Book 1)
by Conn Iggulden
Edition: Mass Market Paperback

2 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars judged by cover, 7 July 2004
I found this book simply by chance in a supermarket and bought it simply for its face value. I found the plot flowed very easily, while not making the book a simple monorail journey. It has plenty of imaginative characters that not only feel real within your mind while reading the book but through the authors fine compententcy as an author allow you to feel their joys, pains and ultimately as there are many in the book deaths with emotion. I would recomend it as a read not just for those interested in ancient roman genre but for anybody who loves a good simple easy read. A great action, adventure, romance...... it goes on

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