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God's Wolf: The Life of the Most Notorious of All Crusaders: Reynald de Chatillon Hardcover – 4 Aug 2016
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Lee brings a blockbuster sensibility to this slice of 12th-century Levant, dropping his man in the mountains of the Holy Land and letting him go to work, swinging swords, wooing princesses, toadying to emperors and smearing enemies in honey before chaining them to battlements ... Reynald was a crusader on steroids: audacious, adventurous and violent. He earned his reputation, and like him or loathe him, his story is worth retelling Author: Dan Jones Source: Sunday Times
Like Reynald's career, Lee's book is packed with enjoyably full-blooded episodes and details... God's Wolf is an often refreshing... and always entertaining book. Author: Minoo Dinshaw Source: Spectator
A swashbuckling yet scholarly biography of the infamous 12th-century crusader Reynald de Chatillon. Author: Sebastian Shakespeare Source: Tatler
God's Wolf is well written, well informed, and exciting; in fact, it hooked me in straightaway... It is by far the liveliest work I've read on the subject Source: Patricia Crone, Former Professor of Islamic History, Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton
God's Wolf is enormously readable. It is written in a very lively style and with vigour and pace... This is a very exciting book, both scholarly and at the same time accessible to a wider readership. Source: Carol Hillenbrand, Professor of Islamic History, University of Edinburgh
The sweeping story of one of the most notorious crusader knights, Reynald de Chatillon - a great Christian hero of the Second Crusade and one of the most hated figures in Islamic history.See all Product description
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Well written, entertaining, exciting and very informative.Reynard de Chatillon is given short shrift by most chroniclers - but this book
paints a detailed and revealing picture of the man and his motives.Other key characters of the time, like Saladin, are also revealed
in perhaps a more balanced way than is often the case.
Raynauld de Chatillion has been often vilified in previous books about the crusades, however the author puts the record straight and offer a fresh approach to his character.
He remains one of the most hated characters in islam and the book offers an explanation of why that is. He took the fight to very heart of islam and raided the Arabian peninsula,.
This book is highly relevant today, not only because of the failed al-quaida plot in sanna but because it offers a great insight into the fighting mentality of those groups that originate in the middle east.
Approaching the period through one man's story allows the writer to make the narrative clear and exciting, and keeps you gripped the whole way through. It has the plot of a novel and if you don't already know the story, you will be left wondering what happens to Reynald until the very end. It also sheds new light on famous figures like Saladin. Beware if you are a squeamish reader, this was a violent period and Lee's book pulls no punches about the gruesome deeds of the main protagonist, or anyone else.
I loved the novelistic 'scenes' at the beginning of each chapter, which are made up of events and dialogue drawn directly from the original sources.
God's Wolf brings the period alive and without labouring the point, shows just how relevant the crusades are to today's conflicts in the Middle East.
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