Item description for Warriors of God: Richard the Lionheart and Saladin in the Third Crusade by James Reston...
Overview The epic story of the battle for the Holy Land focuses on the two legendary figures at the center of the Third Crusade and explores the conflict that transformed the world during the late twelfth century and the roles of Richard the Lionheart, the English king and homosexual leader of the Crusaders, and Saladin, the visionary head of the Islamic forces. Reprint. 35,000 first printing.
Publishers Description Warriors of God""is the rich and engaging account of the Third Crusade (1187-1192), a conflict that would shape world history for centuries and which can still be felt in the Middle East and throughout the world today. Acclaimed writer James Reston, Jr., offers a gripping narrative of the epic battle that left Jerusalem in Muslim hands until the twentieth century, bringing an objective perspective to the gallantry, greed, and religious fervor that fueled the bloody clash between Christians and Muslims. As he recounts this rousing story, Reston brings to life the two legendary figures who led their armies against each other. He offers compelling portraits of Saladin, the wise and highly cultured leader who created a united empire, and Richard the Lionheart, the romantic personification of chivalry who emerges here in his full complexity and contradictions. From its riveting scenes of blood-soaked battles to its pageant of fascinating, larger-than-life characters, Warriors of God""is essential history, history that helps us understand today's world.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.04" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.95" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date May 14, 2002
ISBN 0385495625 ISBN13 9780385495622
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More About James Reston
James Reston, Jr. is the author of sixteen books, including the international bestseller Warriors of God. A senior scholar at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, he lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.
Reviews - What do customers think about Warriors of God: Richard the Lionheart and Saladin in the Third Crusade?
Balanced ? Mar 2, 2008
I've actually been planning to read this book for years and finally picked it up off the shelf at our local library. What I had hoped for was an education and understanding of this pivotal period of history.
I would say I did learn things I had not previously understood but I believe I had to do so with care given not to swallow hook, line and sinker. I find, as other reviewers have mentioned, that the author seems to prefer or have taken sides with the Muslim "defenders". They are rendered in a glorious and patriotic light while the "offenders" are small and trivial people.
Considering the amount of time I've wanted to read this book, I'd have to say I was a little disappointed. To credit where credit is due, I did enjoy the flow of the near storybook style of writing employed. I found there were times I wasn't sure I was reading a good historically inspired novel or the real thing.
Very Informative Dec 23, 2007
I refer to this book a lot in my quest for knowledge. It provided an insightful look into the character, morals, and religious convictions of two main figures of the Third Crusade. There were many references of key battles (the venues, weapons, plans, time frame, and tactics used) even of minor skirmishes, which are difficult to find from online sources. I enjoyed the details of King Richard's military strategies, and troubles in the Plantagenet family. I didn't find it dry like some scholarly pieces can be. A very pleasant and informative read!
When the facts become questionable. Oct 8, 2007
I got a hold of this book to do some research for a story on Robin Hood that I am going to be writing to get some background information on the Third Crusades and on Richard himself. I thought this book was good until I got to the paragraph that concerned Robin Hood. If you've done your homework about Robin Hood, you would know that Robin Hood was described as a yeoman, not a disposed nobleman, and if you do your homework, most researchers on Robin Hood like to point out that the king mentioned in the Robin Hood tales is "our comely King Edward" with no defining number. That alone put the rest of the information in the book in question, if you ask me. There are some other things about the book I found questionable, but I will leave my review at that.
highly readable, but biased and light May 18, 2007
The authors skill at the narrative style made this book a pleasure to read. While the writing style is the works greatest strength it is also its greatest weakness. By personalizing the third crusade in the actions of King Richard and Saladin the reader is drawn into the story. The book is not weighed down by the verbose language of a heavy academic work. Unfortunately the book lacks the intellectual weight to make up for its clean writing. At times I felt like I was reading a screenplay vice a historical work. The focus on dialogue and action at the expense of analysis caused the book to feel light and empty.
While it weaved a good tale, I felt like I was missing out on many of the details and nuances of the 3rd crusade. The author also seemed to have a distinct bias against the Christian forces. The Crusades always painted in a negative light, while the Islamic forces were brave and devout.
Well written history Mar 2, 2007
James Reston is one of those rare historians who can also tell an extremely good story. He just sucks you into the life and times and has given me a fascination for the historical period in this book. I wish historians wrote this well all the time.