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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (275 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Zoe Oldenbourg Narrator: Nadia May Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc. Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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This is historian Zoë Oldenbourg's masterpiece: an immensely exciting romance, in the highest sense, which at the same time takes an unsparingly realistic approach to the Middle Ages.

With subtlety and exceptional sensitivity, Oldenbourg analyzes the complicated tangle of currents and ideas that motivated the Crusades. As Oldenbourg describes them, the Crusades were not simply a religious phenomenon, nor were they motivated by pure aggression. They were the result of a religious climate that led people of all walks of life to leave their homes and follow the unattainable ideal of heaven on earth. Oldenbourg evokes the entire structure of feudal society and reveals the ingenuity of the Latin Kingdom of Jerusalem. The story is peopled with such great personalities as Bohemond, Tancred, Peter the Hermit, Godfrey of Bouillon, Saladin, and Richard the Lionheart.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Thom | 2/19/2014

    " All five crusades, their prelude and aftermath. Brings together source documents from Christian and Muslim sources, along with recent archaeological finds. What a great book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Ronnie | 2/2/2014

    " Very good book learned lots of interesting facts. Also came away from the book with a much greater understanding of Islams reaction to the Crusades. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by John W | 1/26/2014

    " An absolute pleasure to read. Like the most absorbing novel you could imagine, but also a timely corrective to all the cynical, toxic modern twaddle appropriating this bizarre, arcane and essentially localized piece of history to contemporary ends. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lachinchon | 1/20/2014

    " An excellent de-romanticization of 200 years of conflict. "

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