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The best-selling author of The Templars tells the story of the Crusades with page-turning brio allied to scholarly insight.

About the Author

Dan Jones is a historian, broadcaster and award-winning journalist. His books, including The Plantagenets, Magna Carta, The Templars and The Colour of Time (with Marina Amaral), have sold more than one million copies worldwide. He has written and hosted dozens of TV shows including the acclaimed Netflix/Channel 5 series, Secrets of Great British Castles. His writing has appeared in newspapers and magazines including the London Evening Standard, the Sunday Times, the Daily Telegraph, the Wall Street Journal, Smithsonian, GQ and The Spectator.

Reviews

'Voyages, battles, sieges and slaughter: Dan Jones's tumultuous and thrilling history of the crusades is one of the best ... Jones is exceptionally good at giving evocative snapshots of medieval life, sometimes poignant, sometimes pure Monty Python' * Sunday Times *
'This is rollercoaster history ... Dan Jones has a nose for the dramatic, disgusting and bizarre ... Every page of his extraordinary book provides vivid evidence of the Crusades' continuing ability to mesmerise' * The Times *
'A powerful story brilliantly told. Dan Jones writes with pace, wit and insight' -- Helen Castor
'A fresh and vibrant account of a conflict that raged across medieval centuries' -- Jonathan Phillips
'Compelling ... Jones is adept at teasing out the array of motivations that propelled the crusaders on an arduous, often harrowing, journey to an uncertain, violent destination ... An avowedly pluralist account in which equal weight is given to the experiences of Christians and Muslims ... Jones has written an epic of his own here, as complex as it is compelling' * Prospect *
'Dan Jones has the priceless ability to write page-turning narrative history underpinned by authoritative scholarship. Never before has the era of the Crusades been depicted in such bright and striking colours, or their story told with such gusto' * Edinburgh Reporter *
'The master of the Middle Ages turns his attention to the compelling saga of religious conflict' * Radio Times *
'Crusaders excels not only in narrating this complex history in such a readable and immersive manner, but also in setting events in their wider contexts ... Narratives of medieval knights in combat and conquest can run the risk of romanticising their actions through efforts to spark further interest from the reader, but Jones's treatement of the source material is measured under the engaging prose. Jones has drawn together a compelling work that is weighty in pages but always highly readable' * All About History *
'Dan Jones writes every history book as through it were a Netflix drama' * Yorkshire Post. *
'His tale is steeped in scholarly research and lively writing. Were it not for the violence inherent to his subject matter, you might call it divine' * Christian Science Monitor. *
'A distinct new perspective ... A fantastic, scholarly book ... Masterfully told and makes for a gripping read. A must for anyone with an interest in the period' * Pennant *
'[Jones] offers a 'tableau history' - a series of stories with wonderfully bizarre characters on both sides. It's impossible to be cynical about Jones the historian; he's enormously prolific, yet each book is impressively researched and beautifully written. He's a passionate writer, a rumbustious knight who loves his own literary crusade' * The Times *
'Bloody battles and epic sieges abound in this energetic history of the Crusades, a series of adventures that still has ramifications today' * Mail on Sunday *
'Typically breezy and well-paced ... Jones sets out to entertain as well as inform, covering a great deal of ground' * Financial Times *
'The Crusades is a challenging era for the novice but it is brought thrillingly to life in this imaginative history from the broadcaster and best-selling author ... Jones concludes with a timely reminder of the effect the period still has on our world' * Choice Magazine *
'Voyages, battles, sieges and slaughter: a dramatic history of the wars for the Holy Lands that brings the Crusades to fresh and compelling life' * Sunday Times *
'A balanced view ... Jones sticks to a strict academic approach. He mixes recitations of key events and personages with storytelling' * Catholic Universe *
'Skilfully balancing information and entertainment' * The Week *
'Jones has assembled a panoramic, detailed and readable account of a vast sweep of history that must have taken a staggering amount of work' * BookBrunch *

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