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Soldier of Crusade (Crusades 2) Hardcover – 10 Dec 2012

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Product details

  • 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)
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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.

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By JPS TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Dec. 2012
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For those of you that may be already familiar with Jack Ludlow and his books on the Hautevilles, you will not be surprised by this one, the second volume of his second trilogy, centred on Mark/Bohemond, the son of "Robert Guiscard" and the founder of the Principality of Antioch. This is essentially another story about the First Crusade, but seen very much through the eyes of Bohemond and his nephew Tancred (who would become the second Prince of Antioch).

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.
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Part 2 of the current Jack Ludlow series about the second generation of De Hautvilles and their eventual journey to start the first crusade. If anyone likes this form of historical fiction, then I recommend both this and the first book to you; indeed, you really need to read the initial three books in the previous series, which was about the first generation of the De Hautville brothers and their adventures in Italy - cracking stories..!!
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This is an OK account of the first crusade from the point of view of one of the main souther Italian Norman warriors..I did a few historical checks and it seems historical reasonable as well as entertaining.
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An excellent read ,the second book in the crusade trilogy , very detailed and factually correct. Cannot wait for the final book and hope the author does a third trilogy with the dehautville clan
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Exhalant, the book follows on from the first Trilogy about the Normans in Italy, lots of good characters, good action, and story. Well worth a read
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A good read but could have been more detailed. Disjointed in places but nevertheless shows the Machiavellian nature of medieval times
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A great reincarnation of the period, with well crafted characters and realism throughout. Will be buying the next instalment asap
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Excellent book from master of his craft waiting eagerly for next book well I hoping theres a next book planned
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