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A concise yet informative history.,
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This review is from: The Knights of Islam: The Wars of the Mamluks (Hardcover)
To be honest, I got slightly irritated with the pace of the early chapters of this work. I was particularly looking forward to a detailed build up to and description of the clash between the Mamluks and Louis IX's Crusaders as well as the clash with the Mongols at Ayn-Jalut but even these felt rushed. However, further into the book the pace balances out and the characters start to get more fleshed out.
The narrative sometimes has the unwelcoming digression in describing some technical information on the training or tradition of the Mamluks but all said and done, the author gives a good account of Mamluk history, so much so, that there is a slight poignancy to their decline and fall with the rise of the Ottomans. The maps are detailed, the family tree/lines of Sultans and Khans come in very handy, not to mention the inclusion of a timeline. The author displays passion and a deep knowledge of his subject. I only wish it was a more riveting read.