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Warriors of God: Richard the Lionheart and Saladin in the Third Crusade

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ISBN13: 9780385495615
ISBN10: 0385495617
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The epic story of the battle for the Holy Land and the two larger-than-life figures at its center.

James Reston, Jr., the author of Galileo: A Life (called "masterful" and "brilliant" by the Washington Post) and the critically lauded The Last Apocalypse, a stunningly original portrait of the Christian world at the turn of first millennium, now re-creates the collision of the Christian holy wars and the Muslim jihad at the end of the twelfth century. A dual biography of the legendary Richard the Lionheart and the Sultan Saladin, iconic hero of the Islamic world, Warriors of God recounts the life of each man and reveals the passions of the times that brought them face-to-face in the final battle of the Third Crusade.

Richard the Lionheart, commonly depicted as the romantic personification of chivalry, here emerges in his full complexity and contradictions as Reston examines the dark side of Richard's role as the leader of the blood-soaked Crusades and breaks new ground by openly discussing Richard's homosexuality. Reston's compelling portrait of Saladin brings to life the wise, highly cultured leader who realized an enduring Arab dream by uniting Egypt and Syria and whose conquest of Jerusalem not only sparked the Third Crusade but ignited the first jihad and turned Saladin into a hero of epic proportions. In riveting descriptions, Reston captures the fascinating clash of the two armies as they battled their way to the outskirts of Jerusalem. There, Saladin's brilliant maneuvers and Richard's sudden failure of nerve turned the tide. Sweeping readers into a mesmerizing period of history, Warriors of God is a provocative look at two towering leaders and the not always noble causes for which they fought.


About the Author

JAMES RESTON, JR., is the author eleven previous books, including The Last Apocalypse and Galileo: A Life. He has written articles for The New Yorker, Esquire, Vanity Fair, Time, Rolling Stone, and many other publications, and the scripts for three "Frontline" documentaries. He lives in Chevy Chase, Maryland.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780385495615
Subtitle:
(Richard the Lionheart and Saladin in the Third Crusade )
Author:
Reston, James, Jr.
Publisher:
Doubleday Books
Location:
New York
Subject:
Royalty
Subject:
History
Subject:
Historical - British
Subject:
Medieval
Subject:
Crusades
Subject:
Jerusalem
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Series Volume:
no. 9
Publication Date:
2001
Binding:
Hardcover
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
xx, 364 p., 16 p. of plat
Dimensions:
9.50x6.48x1.29 in. 1.53 lbs.

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