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5.0 out of 5 stars An exquisitely researched but nicely readable lightly fictionalised account of the third crusade, 26 April 2013
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The author has managed an excellent job of creating a very readable account of the events leading up to the third crusade and the crusade itself (the book broadly covering the period from ~1187 - 1193). While the book is a work of fiction, introducing a historically non-existent character of Geoffrey de Moissac to narrate the story, one has to say that the author spend an inordinate amount of care and attention to make it historically accurate.

This means you get an excellent overview of the third crusade (in a learning while reading fiction type of way) without the hard work of looking through the original sources (anyone who read Anna Comnena's The Alexiad of Anna Comnena (Classics) will know how hard going this can get) or the often dry reporting of history books.

So for fans of historical fiction and readers interested in the region or the topic of the crusades more generally (and potentially of Richard Lionheart more specifically) this is an excellent read - one I can definitely recommend. Hobby historians may feel that the latter parts of the book contain more of the human interest story than they'd like but overall I find the author chose a good mix.

If while waiting for a follow up from the author, you're interested in an (again slightly fictionalized) account of King Richard's journey home from the Holy Lands, The Lion in Chains: A Foreworld SideQuest (The Foreworld Saga) may be a good bet, too.
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