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I have quite a bit of knowledge on the subject, and found this book quite enjoyable. Instead of the usual dry, slightly boring books that try to remain as objective as possible, Jones and Ereira come out swinging.
They make no pretense about being *the* authoritative source for knowledge on the subject, saying just the opposite, and thereby allowing me to relax and enjoy the reading. They also apply a liberal amount of dry wit and biting sarcasm to point out the fanatical lunacy that the crusades inspired.
I was actually suprised by the amount of factual evidence and written documentation from that time that Jones and Ereira dug up and used. They indeed did their homework before setting things down on paper. Nice chronology and maps accompany traditional artwork depicting various scenes from the crusades.
I recommend picking this one up if you are just casually looking for information on the crusades, or if you've done exhausting research on the subject (you could use the break!)
And if you can, pick up the video series. The series is quite informative and very entertaining!
There are all sorts of crazy stuff going on...black and white film trailers of their exploits, seige machines tossing rocks and horse heads over walls, and Terry himself walking across a desert in mail-armor 2 stones in weight. While amusing, there is also interwoven a good deal of historical first-hand accounts and historical backdrop...all these things keep the viewer entertained while educating, and dispel the myth of the crusades for a realism that makes you laugh and think.
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