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

by James Reston

Paperback, 2002



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Faber and Faber (2002), Paperback


This volume recreates 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, the author 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 the author 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. This work's portrait of Saladin brings to life the wise, highly cultured leader who realized an enduring Arab dream by united 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. The author 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.… (more)

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LibraryThing member bernsad
A good account of history told in an easy to read style. Reston really breathes some life into his characters and this interesting period of history without taking too many liberties. Saladin appears more the gentleman than Richard who loses some of his lustre, is not perhaps the model hero, that
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the Lionheart suggests. I will be looking for more of Reston's work.
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LibraryThing member berthirsch
Some history books read like novels and this tale has 2 great characters- Saladdin and Richard the Lionhearted.
LibraryThing member AngelaB86
An enjoyable history, I recommend it to anyone interested in the Crusades. The author does an excellent job of paralleling the lives of Richard and Saladin.
LibraryThing member deslni01
An engaging look at the Third Crusade (1187-1192) and the main players: Richard the Lionheart and Saladin. An entertaining read about two of the greatest warriors of the East/West dichotomy, Richard with his unmatched strength and skill in battle, and Saladin with his generosity, compassion and
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military leadership.
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LibraryThing member Cole_Hendron
An unforgettable scene of Richard riding up and down a collumn of enemy Saracens, daring any to single combat, and none took him up on it.
LibraryThing member DinadansFriend
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


Physical description

384 p.; 9.06 inches


0571210627 / 9780571210626
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