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This book was originally written in 1930. Some of the terminology and tone is very dated and the book is uncritical of its sources. Nevertheless, it is entertaining and provides a basic framework for the first crusade. It only briefly goes over the next three. The narrator is excellent and makes the book worth listening to.
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This is the first book by Lamb i had listened too and while it tells a compelling story, half the information is really dated. Lamb mentions that only the strongest warriors could even swing a long-sword. Long-swords are not that heavy and even a child could lift one. He then also speaks of chivalry which is anachronistic to say the least as that concept had not developed in the period of the first crusade. I don't even want to get started on the concept of luxurious eastern despotism. If you know nothing about the Crusades and are looking for a starter by all means this is a great resource as long as you take it with a grain of salt, However; if you already have a bit a knowledge on the area stay away.
What other book might you compare Iron Men and Saints to and why?
"The Crusades Through Arab Eyes" is a better telling and more factual than Lambs book and i would highly recommend it.
Would you listen to another book narrated by Charlton Griffin?
He regularly massacres foreign names, but honestly hes a great narrator if you can get passed that one thing.
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