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

Doubleday, 2001 - 364 páginas
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 noblecauses for which they fought.

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Reseña de usuario  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

This is a lively Account of the Third Crusade, with additional biography. Sloppy writing and some errors of fact though. I wouldn't use this as my primary resource on the Crusade Leer reseña completa

WARRIORS OF GOD: Richard the Lionheart and Saladin in the Third Crusade

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An exacting, compulsively readable narrative of the Third Crusade's (1187-92) protracted battle of wills between Richard I and Saladin. Pulitzer winner Reston (The Last Apocalypse, 1998, etc.) relies ... Leer reseña completa


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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.

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