Warriors of God

Warriors of God

Richard the Lionheart and Saladin in the Third Crusade

Book - 2001
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The epic story of the battle for the Holy Land explores the conflict that transformed the world during the late twelfth century and the roles of Richard the Lionhearted, the English king, and Saladin, the visionary Islamic leader.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2001
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780385495615
Branch Call Number: 941.03 RIC 2001
Characteristics: xx, 364 p. : ill., maps


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Apr 10, 2016

In this dual biography by James Reston, Jr, he chronologically tells the tale of the two men he writes of, in a way that reminds me more of a fictional historical novel than a history book written by a historical scholar. He takes too much of Roger of Howden's remark "that no bed separated them (Richard I and Philip II Augustus)". He also says William I of Sicily cried at the fall of Jerusalem and Joan, sister of Richard protested to being married to Al-Adil, Saladin's brother; both instances being a-historical. If you know your proper historical facts, this book might be a good place to start for a study of the rulers it speaks of and the Third Crusade, but not a good book for the scholarly student.

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