The Oxford Illustrated History of the Crusades

The Oxford Illustrated History of the Crusades was a disappointment. This surprises me because Jonathan Riley-Smith has an excellent reputation in Crusades scholarship. Erroneous information is not a problem; the few points that I would contest are the result of … Continue reading

The Crusaders: The Struggle for the Holy Land by Régine Pernoud

Since Régine Pernoud is one of my favorite historians, I was bound to get to this book eventually. The Crusaders is, like every other book of hers, well-researched and a fabulous piece on its topic. The Crusaders is different from … Continue reading

The New Concise History of the Crusades by Thomas F. Madden

Since the crusades are a topic more commonly misunderstood than understood, one should be careful when researching information on them. The best books are written by scholars who have done research in the field for a long time (primary sources … Continue reading