Best ePub, Paper Soldiers of the Middle Ages the Crusades author David Nicolle This is very good and becomes the main topic to read, the readers are very takjup and always take inspiration from the contents of the book Paper Soldiers of the Middle Ages the Crusades, essay by David Nicolle.
Is now on our website and you can download it by register what are you waiting for? Please read and make a refission for you An excellent perspective on the Crusades and how the events were perceived in the West and by the Islamic world Good perspective on how the various religious groups lived in a sort of harmony before the Crusades.
I found this book very interesting , as i am very much into the Crusades This just added to my knowlege of them.
A valuable summary of the key events and useful background for those who do not want too much in depth.
Bit disjointed, needed a clearer continuous narative Bit disjointed, needed a clearer continuous narative
e what happened 1000, years ago means nothing now, really need to read this book Imagine a time when Christian and Muslim lived if not peacefully, at least comfortably with each other Imagine then that a bunch of extremists, decided to change that situation and wanted everything for themselves That is what happened all those hundreds of years back, except the extremists were not followers of Mohammed but followers of the Pope This book, whilst not in depth, does at least cover the crusades in a balanced way, in a clever and informative way Each Essentials History follows a similar outline An overview, a breakdown of the key moments and a focus on participants, not always the ones you would expect as say Richard the Lionheart of Saladin Quite literally today s events were set in motion around the 12th 14 centuries This book takes you through the 5 crusades, with illustrative maps, though on Kindle they can seem a little crowded and confusing, but doesn t just reflect on the crusades but also references cultural awareness, and lessons learnt and brought back by the crusaders This book is really an introduction or taster rather than a full blown reporting of the crusades there are other books that do that and indeed I have since downloaded to read further There is nothing really about the tragic Childrens crusade and brief mention of a pre crusade,but if you thought the crusades were all about Richard the Lionheart and the power of Christians over heathen, or even that the crusades were all set in the Holy Lands this is a good and easy book to read.
Let me begin by saying that I LOVE this series of books I find them uniformly excellent and as an eager consumer of all things historical, I delight in the wide range of topics,including some obscure,lesser known military history.
However,I confess that I am somewhat disappointed with this book Having read the other reviews, I freely admit that I must be missing something I think that the author took on way too much and as a result,I am left with an empty feeling Perhaps, this book should have been broken down into several volumes, as is done with WWII, the Napoleonic wars, the Civil War and several others The subject of the Crusades is so vast and the panorama so multifaceted that it lends itself to several volumes.
This book does present an basic understanding of these monumental events but does not really have the time or space to discuss personalities and motivations except in a superficial manner I also found that the maps, which are usually an outstanding feature of this series and greatly enhance my understanding of events, were not helpful and not synchronized with the narrative The most interesting part of the book was the end where the author covers the long term effects of the Crusades which I found informative David Nicolle brings us another in a seemingly unending series of short books on various aspects of the Medieval Middle East This time he presents us with a short, highly readable sampling of the history of the Crusades, from the initial response to resurgent Byzantium through the rise of the Mamluk Sultanate and extinguishing of the Crusader Kingdoms Besides a useful chronology, his wide ranging discussion touches on the military and political context, short discussions of key players and events, biographical sketches of characters both well known and obscure, of global importance St Francis of Assisi, Maimonides or illustrative of the events and personalities associated with the Crusades Al Harawi, Isabella of Beirut There is even a tiny section on the economics of Crusading and another on the social and attitudinal changes that exposure to the wider world brought both to the Frankish West and Islam One of his interesting tropes is the suggestion that Islam s concept of Jihad was a response to the shock presented by the Crusades, rather than the reverse, as we tend to think Perhaps In any case, his little book is a thought provoking summary of what every educated person ought to know about the Crusades, and a bit.
This book is a shortened version minus the lovely paintings of a standard Osprey military history summary As we ve come to expect of Nicolle, however, it reaches far beyond its assignment to synthesize modern historical knowledge of his subject and present it clearly in a highly readable text Brilliant.
I have several of the Essential Histories in my library, and they all deliver what Osprey promises a concise introduction to a topic That they are offering them now for 1.
99, albeit sans art, is a generous gift to their readers.
Rod While this book slants slightly in favor of Islam, it is for the most part balanced in comparison to the conventional view of the Crusades It is well worth reading in order to get a good overview of this interesting period of history.
Good guide to the Crusades though slightly shorter than I would have liked.
An excellent perspective on the Crusades and how the events were perceived in the West and by the Islamic world Good perspective on how the various religious groups lived in a sort of harmony before the Crusades.