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The Sword and the Scimitar: The Saga of the Crusades (Pen & Sword Military Classics) Paperback – 1 Feb 2004

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5.0 out of 5 stars Informative, easy to read, engaging 17 Feb. 1999
By Brad Shorr - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
A great selection for anyone interested in an overview of the Crusades or the Middle Ages generally. Bradford does not offer much detail on battle tactics or strategy, but does convey quite vividly the personalities of the key participants, their political, religious, and personal conflicts, and the cultural landscape of the period. Most interesting to me was Bradford's ability to trace important aspects of modern Western culture back to their roots in the Crusades.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great introduction to the Crusades 28 Jun. 2009
By Jake Shore - Published on
Format: Paperback
The perfect book for anyone looking for an introduction to the Crusades. Bradford deftly walks us through the entire history of Crusading in this highly readable volume. Although this book is 35-years-old and does not have the benefit of much of the new research done on the Crusades over the last couple of decades, it is very accurate as an overview. Bradford does an a especially fine job fleshing out the personalities and motivations of the Crusaders. Most refreshingly, Bradford avoids taking sides or judging history as so many so-called historians do today. For anyone not looking to get into the heavier (but excellent) histories by Jonathan Riley-Smith and Thomas Madden, this book is an excellent choice.
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