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4.0 out of 5 stars
Very good narrative, 15 Dec. 2010
The book provides an excellent narrative of the life and military expeditions of this great general and warrior. I strongly recommend it to anyone who wishes to know more about this man and the politics of that era and time.
However the only downside is that sometimes the narrative can get a bit confusing as you have to juggle with numerous characters at one time and there is no glossary page at the beginning or end of the book detailing who each of the main characters are but once you've got your head around who's who then its a good read. Another thing the author failed to mention is the way Saladin cleansed the city of Jerusalem with rose water when he captured it in 1187 in stark contrast to the crusaders upon their entry to the city in 1099 where they massacred thousands of the city's inhabitants to the extent that the blood flowed in the city. Its a minor detail i know but still its a nice thing to have mentioned. But all in all a great read.