Tag Archives: Middle Ages

Master Of None

There is a widespread expression that points out in vivid detail the fate of those who try to do too much with too little focus, and that is the saying that someone is a jack of all trades and a … Continue reading

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Book Review: Terry Jones’ Medieval Lives

Terry Jones’ Medieval Lives: The Book Of The BBC Series, by Terry Jones and Alan Ereira In many ways, this book is an entertaining volume, even though it seeks to present itself as something more than mere entertainment. As any … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Struggle For Mastery

The Struggle For Mastery: The Penguin History Of Britain 1066-1284, by David Carpenter Between 1066 and 1284 there was a great deal of conflict within the British Isles over mastery. Through England had long been more powerful than the other … Continue reading

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Book Review: God’s Battalions: The Case For The Crusades

God’s Battalions: The Case For The Crusades, by Rodney Stark This book does something very useful in talking about the Crusades in a way that is not likely to make the author a popular fellow but which does a good … Continue reading

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Book Review: In Distant Lands

In Distant Lands: A Brief History Of The Crusades, by Lars Brownworth What this book offers is mainly a short narrative history of the Crusades. Given that depending on one’s count there are either eight or nine crusades, to cover … Continue reading

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Book Review: Battle Royal: The Wars Of the Roses: 1440-1462

Battle Royal: The Wars Of The Roses: 1440-1462, by Hugh Bicheno Having read the second part of this series [1] before the first, I had some idea of what to expect from this author. This book follows the other in … Continue reading

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Book Review: Crusader Castles

Crusader Castles: Christian Fortresses In The Middle East, by Brian Hoggard The author of this book makes a strong case for the vital importance of fortification design for the relative longevity of the Crusader states in the Outremer. While we … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Scandinavian Baltic Crusades: 1100-1500

The Scandinavian Baltic Crusades: 1100-1500, by D Lindholm & D Nicholle, Illustrated by McBride Even among those who know the crusades, the Baltic crusades are not particularly well-known except for those who are historians or students of history who are … Continue reading

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Book Review: How To Plan A Crusade

How To Plan A Crusade: Religious War In The High Middle Ages, by Christopher Tyerman This is the sort of book that I have never seen before about the crusades, and the sort of book that very much is worth … Continue reading

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Book Review: Islamic Weapons, Warfare, And Armies

Islamic Weapons, Warfare, And Armies: Muslim Military Operations Against The Crusaders, by Paul Hilliam This book doesn’t really live up to its name. That isn’t to say that it is a bad book, it is rather that there is a … Continue reading

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