The Warriors of God by James Reston Richard the Lionheart and Saladin in the Third Crusade PDF free download [update: 9.2023]
The Warriors of God by James Reston
- Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Anchor; Reprint edition (May 14, 2002)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0385495625
- ISBN-13: 978-0385495622
An exacting, compulsively readable narrative of the Third Crusade’s (1187–92) protracted battle of wills between Richard I and Saladin.
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The author draws on different sources to represent this era of bloodshed and religion. Of the five major crusades, “Only the First Crusade was ‘successful’ in the sense that it managed to capture Jerusalem”.
He conveys his fascination with the regal characters that steered the Third Crusade and is “most interesting”, portraying Richard the Lionhearted as a sadist and homosexual who despite Star is also a fierce strategist and commander.
The Knights of the Crusade were expected to provide not only the main resources but also the manpower of the peasants such as the Pawn. Richard had 2,700 educated prisoners destroyed after the 1191 raid – and this devastation caused Saladin to “let his soldiers in. . . to hack the kernel of them to everybody.