Monday, November 29, 2010


I am nearly finished reading The First Crusade by Thomas Asbridge.  It is not the most objective work on the crusades but it is a quick read.  The major objection to the book is that there is a sad lack of footnotes.  Not that there are not footnotes, but that when Mr. Asbridge states things which may be controversial at times, one expects to find out from whence he sources his statements to make a reasonable analysis of his various interpretations.  As I am not by any means an expert in the history of the crusades, the book is still a good starting point to perhaps learning more about the subject.

Next on the reading agenda,  Fall of Giants by Ken Follett.  It is the first in a new trilogy.  A nice thick book and novel, excellent for reading during this wonderful snowing season (yes it is the snowy season, 10 inches on the ground and very cold out with more snow coming tonight, it is beautiful).


Brian Watt said...

John - Two other books on the Crusades you might find interesting are Barbara Tuchman's the "Bible and Sword; England and Palestine from the Bronze Age to Balfour" and James Reston, Jr.'s "Warriors of God; Richard the Lionheart and Saladin in the Third Crusade". I've just started reading Bible and Sword and will move onto Warriors of God soon, suffice to say that Tuchman was a wonderful writer and she's very good about connecting the history of the Crusades with the modern situation with the state of Israel - which at the time of her writing was only about ten years after Israel became a nation-state.
Hope all is well.

John said...

Thank you for the suggestions. I read Tuchman's "A Distant Mirror" some time ago and ejoyed it a great deal.