• Iron Men and Saints

  • By: Harold Lamb
  • Narrated by: Charlton Griffin
  • Length: 11 hrs and 51 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 02-17-12
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Audio Connoisseur
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.8 (162 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The first crusade of 1096 unleashed a wave of impassioned, personally felt, deeply pious Christian fury that was expressed in a mass movement centered in France and spreading to other European kingdoms, including Flanders, German speaking principalities, and Italy. Master historian Harold Lamb tells the incredible story of how Pope Urban II fanned the sparks of Christian anger into a mighty conflagration of righteous indignation with his speech of 1095 in Clermont. It was a speech that would occupy the hearts and minds of Europeans for over 200 years.
Tens of thousands of peasants, both men and women, simply left their fields and workshops and joined knights and monks on a journey to take back holy Jerusalem from the infidel Muslims. A river of humanity, often hostile and destructive, flowed across Europe and into Byzantium and Asia. Led by baronial leaders like Godfrey of Bouillon, Baldwin of Flanders, Raymond of Toulouse, Robert of Normandy, and the mighty Bohemond of Taranto, their confrontation with Islamic armies would soon follow. The results of those armed clashes produced some of the most amazing stories you will ever hear.

Be sure to listen to Volume 2 in this series by Harold Lamb: The Flame of Islam.

©1930 Estate of Harold Lamb (P)2012 Audio Connoisseur
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5 out of 5 stars
By Dorsai on 12-25-17

An accurate and true retelling of the reasons for the crusades and the early christian knights who fought them.

A Real and Accurate telling of the first crusade. CAUTION...Those who have been indoctrinated with the historical revisionism that plaques our historical teaching in colleges and universities will not like this true and accurate retelling of the causes... life and struggles of the christians and their reasons for launching the crusades.

This book written in1930 before socialist and communist philosophies took control of what we teach our young people...is sure to not be given the credit it deserves by them and those unwittingly educated by them. It is however one of the BEST and accurate works on the topic.

Well, I hold a Masters degree from Cambridge..so yea I am educated..not necessarily indoctrinated, and I enjoy speaking up against the historical revisionists and showing their foolish interpretations and schemes to discredit Western Civilization.

In my years of teaching..I still hold this book to be the best telling of the true story of the crusades and their battle against the spears of Islam. Understand....we in the West have forgotten that there is a system of government and tyrannical belief that Islam's has to conquer the world..but especially Europe and America. They are...have been for centuries at war with us. We just don't realize how serious and current the danger from Islam is...

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5 out of 5 stars
By Jose on 12-01-16

The Crusades - By a Talented Writer

This Book is Narrated by Charlton Griffin, who has is own style. It's different, but it's cool. Like an energetic and awesome old man. Plus, there is music in the key chapter transitions.

There is much that this book explains that no movie, no documentary, and no political work ever covers. The west was in mortal and existential danger before the Crusades. The brave people that fought for Christianity are remembered as the conquerors of Jerusalem, but they did much more. They suffered more like the Patriots at Valley Forge, they scaled mountains, they beat numerically superior forces, and they suffered tremendous loses.

Additionally, the trek from Central Europe to Jerusalem was on-foot, without support, and full of extreme danger. What they accomplished was an incredible accomplishment.

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