A very interesting and different book on the crusades. unlike other books on the topic who just tell the story of what happened this book gos into further detail on a whole range of different things such as the art and architecture of the crusader states, the state of mind of the crusaders, the military orders right up to the fall of malta in 1798 to napoleon and the images of the crusades in the 19th and 20th century giving the reader a very informative view of areas often neglected by other historians. my only issue with it is that it can be at times a bit dry and fail to hold my attention as the style of writing is more geared towards the academic type of person.
This is another in the wonderful Oxford series on matters of all types and natures. This one, a History of the Crusades, discusses in a series of learned articles, the Crusades, from their conception through to what crusades may mean in the twentieth century and onwards. A great book, which incorporates articles by many of the leading Crusade scholars, including Jonathan Riley-Smith, Elizabeth Siberry, Jonathan Phillips, Marcus Bull, Simon Lloyd and more. This book also contains absolutely wonderful and beautiful illustrations and photos, and offers a very complete and concise overview of the Crusades from just about every angle you could want to consider. Published initially in 2001, this book offers a glimpse into many aspects of recent Crusade research, and a great bibliography offers many suggestions for further reading. Recommended for anybody who would like to read about the Crusades and what they meant to the men and women involved. This is a very accessible book for any level of interest.
If you want to upgrade your knowledge on Crusades read this book. It is not chronological account of Crusade history (for this I recommend Christopher Tyerman God's War: A New History of the Crusades or Thomas Asbridge The Crusades: The War for the Holy Land) but it is much more: it give good reflection on some very important thems of crusade history which is not included in narrative history. I specially recommend essays by Jonathan Riley-Smith, editor of this book.