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Crusaders: An Epic History of the Wars for the Holy Lands - Dan Jones

Crusaders: An Epic History of the Wars for the Holy Lands - Dan Jones
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Title: Crusaders

Author:  Dan Jones

ISBN:  9781781858882

Weight:  990g

Delivery:  Extra £1.00 [heavy book]

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Crusaders by Dan Jones

‘Seize on this road to obtain the remission of your sins, sure in the indestructible glory of the Holy Kingdom’

Pope Urban II in the year 1095

Dan Jones, best-selling chronicler of the Middle Ages, turns his attention to the history of the Crusades, the sequence of religious wars fought between the late eleventh century and late medieval periods, in which armies from European Christian states attempted to wrest the Holy Land from Islamic rule, and which have left an enduring imprint on relations between the Muslim world and the West.

From the preaching of the First Crusade by Pope Urban II in 1095 to the loss of the last crusader outpost in the Levant in 1302-03, and from the taking of Jerusalem from the Fatimids in 1099 to the fall of Acre to the Mamluks in 1291, Crusaders tells a tale soaked in Islamic, Christian and Jewish blood, peopled by extraordinary characters, and characterised by both low ambition and high principle.

Dan Jones is a master of popular history, with the priceless ability to write page-turning narrative 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.

Peer & Press Reviews

Dan Jones brings to life a tremendous cast of characters from every arena of the crusading world, from the eastern Mediterranean to southern Spain, and from Byzantium to the Baltic.  Coupling vivid storytelling with a researcher’s eye for the telling anecdote, Jones offers a fresh and vibrant – but meticulously constructed – account of a conflict that raged across the medieval centuries, and whose echoes continue to resonate to the present day.

Jonathan Phillips, author of Holy Warriors

Every page of [Dan Jones’] extraordinary book provides vivid evidence of the Crusades’ continuing ability to mesmerise…  Amid the juicy anecdotes, the great strength of this book is the way in which it illuminates the human networks that underpinned the Crusades.

Times

A powerful story brilliantly told.  Dan Jones writes with pace, wit and insight, a panoramic gaze and unfailing humanity.  The result is utterly compelling.

Helen Castor, author of Joan of Arc

Bibliographic Info

AttributeDetails
TitleCrusaders
Sub titleAn Epic History of the Wars for the Holy Lands
Author
Book Features
Edition / printingFirst edition, first printing
Edition background

These copies have a signature page, tipped-in before the half title page, which has the phrase ‘Signed and limited first edition of Crusaders’ printed on it.  Also printed on this page are the names of the author and the publisher.

Issued direct by Head of Zeus, the number of copies in this limited edition is unknown.

Edition features

The main body of the book is 487 pages, which includes two 8-page sections of colour images and monochrome maps.

The front matter has an additional 9 pages:

Contents [2]
List of Maps [1]
Introduction [6]

The back matter has a further 100 pages:

Appendices:
Appendix 1 - Cast of Major Characters [15]
Appendix 2 - Kings and Queens of Jerusalem [2]
Appendix 3 - Popes [2]
Appendix 4 - Emperors [2]
Notes [40]
Bibliography [17]
Image Credits [2]
Index [20]

Overall conditionFine / Fine (see our article on Condition Grades)
SignedOn the tipped-in signature page
Book Stats
PublisherHead of Zeus
Publication date
Printed byCPI Group (UK) Ltd, Croydon
ISBN 139781781858882
ISBN 101781858888
FormatHardcover with dust jacket
Pages487 [main body]
Size (h x w x d)241 x 161 x 52mm
Packed weight1.269kg [very heavy book]
Image and Design Credits
Author photographPeter Clark
DesignEstuary English
MapsJamie Whyte

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