CROSS AND CRESCENT: The Story of the Crusades by Richard Susskind

CROSS AND CRESCENT: The Story of the Crusades

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For readers who would like to sort out crusades One to Eight, here is a succinct, restrained account of who went where, and when, and what happened. After an introductory overview of feudal life, the author sticks to the story of the fighting expeditions; he is not deflected by personalities or peripheral problems except as they impinge upon the action; he is an informed, articulate witness to historical events who does not write down to his audience. The result may best be considered an extended encyclopedia entry which satisfies the need for information without stimulating the reader to explore. In such a crowded corner of history, comparison is essential: this is fuller and more mature than Buehr, The Crusaders, or West, The Crusades; it is briefer and less demanding then Hamilton, The Crusades; the closest comparison is to the Horizon Knights of the Crusades, which is similar in age appeal but broader in scope.

Pub Date: Feb. 24th, 1966
Publisher: Norton