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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: December 2006 ISBN:
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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 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 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 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 Lachinchon | 1/20/2014

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Darren | 12/16/2013

    " Awesome book. One of the best narrative histories I've read. If you want a good survey of the entire crusade movement, this is the book you need to read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike F | 11/26/2013

    " Best history book I have read in a while "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Big Mike | 7/14/2013

    " Highly detailed account of all the Crusades. Gives a look at the reasons why they started including the Muslim attacks that were happening prior to the Christian crusades. Both sides seem to have equal weight in what happened. A very historical book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rick Benitez | 1/20/2013

    " Great summary of the 200 year history of the crusades. This book has triggered my interest enough to add a few more books of the crusades to my read list. Highly recommend this one to help you decide if you want to go deeper on one of the specific crusade campaigns. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tom | 8/20/2012

    " great book, well told. Totally enjoyed it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patricrk patrick | 6/6/2012

    " Very good book. Discussed the weakness in the sacren states that allowed the Crusades to succeed. Shows problems with succession issues with kings especially when many die young and leave children to inherit the throne. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Matthew | 7/17/2010

    " Great book, and really fascinating history. It helps you see the war from both sides - The Church did fight the Islamic people in the Crusades, and this book gives a decent account of their side of the story. Worth a good read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Katie | 3/25/2009

    " Very thorough, but reads too much like a text book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Doug | 11/6/2008

    " a great big book about the crusades. Pretty much essential reading for anyone trying to make sense of the great divide between east and west. thoughtful, and loaded with cultural context. It also paints a vivid picture of life in the middle ages in both the west and the east. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Andrew | 8/14/2008

    " My favorite book about the crusades. Full of great stories and intrigue. "

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