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Thank you Dr Tyerman.,
This review is from: God's War: A New History of the Crusades (Paperback)
This is not a light or easy read, but given the complexity and scale of the events covered that is not to be expected.
What we do have here, provided by an authority on the subject, is a work of enormous scope and detail which no student of the Crusades can afford to ignore. Time has moved on from Runciman's great work and in this volume is a modern assessment of these most momentous of medieval events. Tactical details of even the more famous battles (Hattin, Arsuf etc.) are minimal but are more than adequately provided elsewhere and would add little to the value of this work.
For me, the real strength of God's War is in the background provided to the build up and conduct of each crusade which enables the reader to follow their evolution over the centuries, during a time when the crusading ideal was at the forefront of medieval thinking, and I can think of nowhere else that such an understanding of each is offered within the confines of a single volume.
It is an objective work, as is to be expected from such a notable academic, and Tyerman allows us to draw own conclusions rather than use his own immense understanding of the subject to force home his personal judgements.
God's War may take some time to read but for any wishing to learn about the Crusade's it is time that is well worth investing - and time which could not be better spent reading anything else.