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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent, 24 April 2004
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This review is from: The First Crusade: A New History (Hardcover)
A first class example of a professional historian writing for theintelligent general reader. The book wears its learning lightly butAsbridge is obviously the master of his subject, and the book reallybenefits from the fact that the author has himself covered a lot of thecrusade route on foot. The sieges and battles are well described but thereal achievement here is bringing the characters to life and explaininghow this amazing event set the tone for so much of what informs our worldtoday. Recommended!
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Initial post: 23 Apr 2008 10:17:49 BDT
A. Solman says:
Not true.I disliked this book because this is a work of fiction not of fact.The Crusades were the reaction on Islam agression.
Do your research little better and you will see.

In reply to an earlier post on 12 Jan 2013 13:26:26 GMT
Last edited by the author on 12 Jan 2013 13:54:03 GMT
Completely agree Mr Solman. This entertaining/well written but deeply flawed publication presents a completely false impression to the less historically informed reader because it fails to even mention the previous three hundred and fifty years of religiously fuelled military expansion; for which the First Crusade was a defensive Christian reaction. This early 'pre-Crusade' or Jehad period saw Islamic armies conquer Palestine, Egypt, Syria, North Africa, Armenia, Sicily and Southern Italy from the Byzantine Romans; conquer and destroy the Visigothic kingdoms of the Iberian Peninsula; take Iraq, Persia, Afganistan and the Indus Valley from the Sassanid Persian Empire; attack Constantinople, fight their way up into France, and even take a large slice of central Asia from the Chinese. Thus, although many of the facts, dates, quotes etc... in this book are historically accurate, the broader picture presented is not.

Why for example, is the world-changing Battle of Manzikirt (26'th August 1071) which saw the destruction of the Eastern Roman/Byzantine army and the perminent conquest/occupation of the previously Christian Anatolean provinces of the Byzantine Empire (now known as Islamic Turkey) by the Seljuk Turks; not even mentioned?
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