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This review is from: The First Crusade: A New History (Paperback)
I knew little about the crusades and was looking for a good over view of the 1st one. If you're not a historical anorak like myself and want a good book on the crusade in a readable manner, then this is the book for you.
We start at the beginning with Pope Urban's II holy call to arms the book then steams along chronicling the events leading up to and ending at Jerusalem. The book reads very much like a novel. There are many references from eye-witness's and characters that travelled with the crusaders, the author always remains to keep an unbiased opinion when relating these (as some are obviously exaggerated) and gives his own opinion of what likely happened.
You also get a feel for the uneasiness within the collation and the fragile alliance between the various groups of knights/nobleman on the crusade. It's amazing how they managed to achieve there goal, with disaster striking several times on-route to Jerusalem.