Warriors of God: Richard the Lionheart and Saladin in the Third Crusade by James Reston Jr. Its A Fascinating Story But Its The Writing That Keeps You GluedThroughout the medieval era, the Holy Land was a fiercely contestedbattlefield, fought over by huge Muslim and Christian armies, by zealotsand assassins. The Third Crusade, spanning five years at the end of the12th century, was, writes James Reston Jr. in this absorbing account, HolyWar at its most virulent, overseen by two great leaders, the Kurdish sultanSalah ad-Din, or Saladin, and the English king Richard, forevermoreknown as Lionheart. Writing with a keen sense of historical detail anddrama, Reston traces the complex path by which Saladin and Richardcame to face each other on the field of battle. The Crusades, he observes,began as a measure to redirect the energies of warring European baronsfrom their bloody, local disputes into a noble quest to reclaim the HolyLand from the infidel. Of the five Crusades over 200 years, only the firstwas successful, to the extent that the Christian armies were able toconquer their objective of Jerusalem. The Third Crusade, as Reston ably
shows, was complicated by fierce rivalries among the Christian leaders,by a chain of military disasters that led to the destruction of an invadingGerman army and its emperor, and by the dedication of an opposingIslamic army that shared both a goal and a language. Saladin, Restonwrites, was a brilliant leader and a merciful victor, but capable of costlyerrors; Richard was extraordinarily skilled at combat, but his lack ofresolve cost him many battles, and, ultimately, Jerusalem. Richardreturned to Europe, Saladin to Damascus. Neither leader has long to live,and the peace they made would soon be broken. James Restons splendidbook does them both honor while examining a conflict that has never reallyended. --Gregory McNameeFeatures:* ISBN13: 9780385495622* Condition: NEW* Notes: Brand New from Publisher. No Remainder Mark.* Click here to view our Condition Guide and Shipping PricesPersonal Review: Warriors of God: Richard the Lionheart andSaladin in the Third Crusade by James Reston Jr.James Reston makes history come alive. This is the third of his books thatIve read. Each has held my interest and increased my understanding of itsrespective period.What makes his work compelling is Restons ability to draw characterportraits. In this book he helps you to understand the issues from theperspectives of both Richard and Saladin. You understand what each isrisking and what the rewards for each might be. Reston clearly likes boththese leaders. He enjoys their interplay, their gifts to one another and thetotal irony of their chivalrous gestures.There are a lot of decisions for a chronicler of the Third Crusade aboutwhat to put in and what to leave out. In each of them, Reston decides forhigh interest and readability. No battle or strategy is belabored oroveranalysed. His portraits of other players have interesting andmemorable facts. He sticks to the story, though, and avoids the temptationto sensationalize the dysfunction of Richards family, using only thematerial that pertains to the Crusade.This is a fascinating story. The way it is written keeps your attention. Ihighly recommend this for general readers of history who are looking for alight, entertaining or introductory overview of the Third Crusade. For More 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price: Warriors of God: Richard the Lionheart and Saladin in the Third Crusade by James Reston Jr. 5 Star Customer Reviews and Lowest Price!