- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: Allison & Busby (10 Dec. 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 074901105X
- ISBN-13: 978-0749011055
- Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 3.1 x 24 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,063,040 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Soldier of Crusade (Crusades 2) Hardcover – 10 Dec 2012
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'Historical fiction at its very best ... The story is fascinating and expertly told - narrated intelligently and with elan' Historical Novels Review 'Akin to Conn Iggulden's Julius Caesar series' Books Monthly --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
About the Author
Jack Ludlow is the pen-name of writer David Donachie, who was born in Edinburgh in 1944. He has always had an abiding interest in history: from the Roman Republic to medieval warfare as well as the naval history of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, which he has drawn on for his many historical adventure novels. David lives in Deal with his partner, the novelist Sarah Grazebrook. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
Bohemond is very clearly the hero of this volume, even more than in "Son of Blood." Tandred appears as a "secondary" hero. As usual, Jack Ludlow has certainly done his research but takes numerous liberties with the historical sources. In some cases, some elements are omitted, probably to make his heroes look better. For instance, while Richard of Salerno (and not "Robert", as Ludlow keeps on calling him) was half-Lombard through his mother, he was also a nephew of Robert Guiscard through his father William of the Principate, one of Robert Guiscard's younger brother, and therefore a first cousin to Bohemond. He was possibly the same age or slightly younger than Bohemond, rather than only a few years older than Tancred. As for the latter, he was also apparently half-Norman. His mother was a daughter of Robert Guiscard, making him Bohemond's nephew, but his father seems to have been a Lombard markgraf.
Bohemond's portrait and actions are also somewhat idealized at times, with unsavoury elements being either toned down or left out. Among the second set, there are the protracted negotiations between Bohemond and Emperor Alexius, with the latter proposing to make the former into the commander in chief of the whole Crusading army and of all Byzantine forces in Asia Minor.Read more ›