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Lionhearts Richard 1 Saladin and the Era of the Third Crusade

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The book is a dazzling paralell of two of the greatest figur. This is one of the better accounts of two of the most fascinating figures of the Middle Ages Their struggle turned out to be fairly inconclusive but the similarities and contrasts in the two characters make for one of the most rivetting stories in history It is rare that real history makes for a good novel but this is one of those cases Unfortunately the author's style while highly readable veers between mainly dry to scattered showers of garish purpleNeither of these men were perfect but both seem to be almost superhuman in their positive ualities Saladin was patient generous to a fault tolerant and a great strategist but physically slight and sickly and in the end lacked the raw aggression and a key insight to secure his gains against the Latin Christians before they could send and entrench reinforcements from Europe He willingly freed Balian from an oath not to defend Jerusalem while visiting to save his family directed his artillery not to disturb a Christian wedding yet executed a Frankish raiding party sent into Arabia despite a guarantee of their lives given by a subordinate To their credit even Muslim observers have criticised this act He systematically planned and realised the destruction of the Latin army at Hattin and the liberation of Jerusalem yet he failed to secure the last of the coastal ports that could have thwarted a new CrusadeRichard was the physical opposite The Angevin King no Englishman Robin Hood myths notwithstanding and only briefly in England was a virtually invincible athlete and soldier careless of his own safety and yet capable of truly great generalship He was loved by his common men yet made enemies promiscuously among his fellow nobility He was a born leader yet possessed of a destructive childish streak He was able to deal honorouably with enemies yet he massacred the entire garrison of Acre without hesitation when a ransom was not expeditiously paid He took back a remnant of the Crusader Kingdom from the Muslims' greatest leader yet allowed himself to be shot dead by a cook wielding a frying pan as a shieldMany of the other cast members are moral small fry by comparison The Latin Christians while formidable in anything military were culturally backward in almost all other respects Those assimilated by several generations in the Middle East had acculturated speaking Arabic wearing silk and taking sugar They participated in the shifting patchwork of alliances in the region like any other Arab fiedom often supporting Muslim interests against Byzantine Yet they remained intolerant and exercised systematic discrimination against Muslims Jews and Eastern Christians which robbed them of support The newly arrived Latins from Europe appear to have been nothing short of narrow fanatics their impetuosity and arrogance drawing them straight into the trap set at Hattin They systematically broke oaths sworn to Muslims on the spurious grounds that an oath sworn to an unbeliever is not binding on a believer who enjoys moral superiority and can therefore lie with impunity The Muslim lieutenants on the other hand seem to have lacked all lust for a fight and could probably never have been unified without Saladin Even in his presence their motivation sagged as the struggle drew out Still their victory led to the restoral of a Jewish presence in Jerusalem and the liberation of the Eastern Churches even after Saladin's generous hand was withdrawn by his deathThe Latin Bishop Eraclius seems to have been a particularly shoddy piece of work Saladin agreed to extraordinarily generous terms of ransom for the population of Jerusalem after Balian threatened to eradicate the holy sites stone for stone Great generosity was added by both sides in finding the ransom for the poorest of the peasantry saving them from slavery Eraclius loaded up carts with gold and jewels from his churches shipped them home in front of Muslim and Christian eyes and paid only the ten dinars for his own ransom A shining example of Frankish moral fibre perhapsRichard was cut of very different cloth Religiously rather indifferent he was indeed a lion of a man as was Salah ud Din History will likely not see their kind again

DOWNLOAD ë E-book, or Kindle E-pub ↠ Geoffrey Regan

Ts the early years and rise to absolute authority of each ma. A brisk rich and clear history of the Third CrusadeRegan does a great job showing how Richard was shaped by power struggles within his family and how Saladin rose to prominence through military acumenThe book doesn’t really have a solid analysis of the battles; the campaign’s sieges just kind of happen without any explanation of the effort and innovation they reuired He uses lots of medieval terms and just assumes that the reader knows what they are Also we never really get a glimpse of what motivated the knights and soldiers Regan also tries to make the case that Richard’s massacre at Acre somehow reuired “moral courage” but the reasoning in this part of the book is as unsound as can be expected and his account of the massacre is almost boringA well researched well written and accessible work overall

Geoffrey Regan ↠ 9 SUMMARY

Esof the twelfth century In alternating chapters Reganpresen. Interesting if somewhat dry story of the two very different personalities who dominated the Third Crusade The bits about Saladin are worth knowing but the story really takes off when Richard enters the scene What a bad ass This guy was like Conan except real His individual feats of valor are amazing Unfortunately not enough blood and guts for me to make it riveting Still worth a read if you want to understand the era Eye Shield 21, Tome 17 : personalities who dominated the Third Crusade The bits about Saladin are worth knowing but the story really takes off when Richard enters the scene What a bad ass This guy was like Conan except real His individual feats of valor are amazing Unfortunately not enough blood and guts for me to make it riveting Still worth a read if you want to understand the era


5 thoughts on “Lionhearts Richard 1 Saladin and the Era of the Third Crusade

  1. says:

    This is one of the better accounts of two of the most fascinating figures of the Middle Ages Their struggle turned out to be fairly inconclusive but the similarities and contrasts in the two characters make for one of the most rivetting stories in history It is rare that real history makes for a good novel but this is one of those cases Unfortunately the author's style while highly readable veers between mainly dry to scattered showers of garish purpleNeither of these men were perfect but both seem to be almost superhuman in their positive ualities Saladin was patient generous to a fault tolerant and a great strategist but physically slight and sickly and in the end lacked the raw aggression and a key insight to secure his gains against the Latin Christians before they could send and entrench reinforcements from Europe He willingly freed Balian from an oath not to defend Jerusalem while visiting to save his family directed his artillery not to disturb a Christian wedding yet executed a Frankish raiding party sent into Arabia despite a guarantee of their lives given by a subordinate To their credit even Muslim observers have criticised this act He systematically planned and realised the destruction of the Latin army at Hattin and the liberation of Jerusalem yet he failed to secure the last of the coastal ports that could have thwarted a new CrusadeRichard was the physical opposite The Angevin King no Englishman Robin Hood myths notwithstanding and only briefly in England was a virtually invincible athlete and soldier careless of his own safety and yet capable of truly great generalship He was loved by his common men yet made enemies promiscuously among his fellow nobility He was a born leader yet possessed of a destructive childish streak He was able to deal honorouably with enemies yet he massacred the entire garrison of Acre without hesitation when a ransom was not expeditiously paid He took back a remnant of the Crusader Kingdom from the Muslims' greatest leader yet allowed himself to be shot dead by a cook wielding a frying pan as a shieldMany of the other cast members are moral small fry by comparison The Latin Christians while formidable in anything military were culturally backward in almost all other respects Those assimilated by several generations in the Middle East had acculturated speaking Arabic wearing silk and taking sugar They participated in the shifting patchwork of alliances in the region like any other Arab fiedom often supporting Muslim interests against Byzantine Yet they remained intolerant and exercised systematic discrimination against Muslims Jews and Eastern Christians which robbed them of support The newly arrived Latins from Europe appear to have been nothing short of narrow fanatics their impetuosity and arrogance drawing them straight into the trap set at Hattin They systematically broke oaths sworn to Muslims on the spurious grounds that an oath sworn to an unbeliever is not binding on a believer who enjoys moral superiority and can therefore lie with impunity The Muslim lieutenants on the other hand seem to have lacked all lust for a fight and could probably never have been unified without Saladin Even in his presence their motivation sagged as the struggle drew out Still their victory led to the restoral of a Jewish presence in Jerusalem and the liberation of the Eastern Churches even after Saladin's generous hand was withdrawn by his deathThe Latin Bishop Eraclius seems to have been a particularly shoddy piece of work Saladin agreed to extraordinarily generous terms of ransom for the population of Jerusalem after Balian threatened to eradicate the holy sites stone for stone Great generosity was added by both sides in finding the ransom for the poorest of the peasantry saving them from slavery Eraclius loaded up carts with gold and jewels from his churches shipped them home in front of Muslim and Christian eyes and paid only the ten dinars for his own ransom A shining example of Frankish moral fibre perhapsRichard was cut of very different cloth Religiously rather indifferent he was indeed a lion of a man as was Salah ud Din History will likely not see their kind again


  2. says:

    Interesting if somewhat dry story of the two very different personalities who dominated the Third Crusade The bits about Saladin are worth knowing but the story really takes off when Richard enters the scene What a bad ass This guy was like Conan except real His individual feats of valor are amazing Unfortunately not enough blood and guts for me to make it riveting Still worth a read if you want to understand the era


  3. says:

    A brisk rich and clear history of the Third CrusadeRegan does a great job showing how Richard was shaped by power struggles within his family and how Saladin rose to prominence through military acumenThe book doesn’t really have a solid analysis of the battles; the campaign’s sieges just kind of happen without any explanation of the effort and innovation they reuired He uses lots of medieval terms and just assumes that the reader knows what they are Also we never really get a glimpse of what motivated the knights and soldiers Regan also tries to make the case that Richard’s massacre at Acre somehow reuired “moral courage” but the reasoning in this part of the book is as unsound as can be expected and his account of the massacre is almost boringA well researched well written and accessible work overall


  4. says:

    Captivating non fiction accounts of King Richard I and Saladin


  5. says:

    One of the better written books about the era Check out the InkHorns Reading Group for discussions on this book


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