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This value of this book and the series cenerted upon history'' s best knights, Tancred the Great, Godfrey de Boulion, and Bohemund de Hauteville, first set before me in The Sword and the Cross is in thr detailed account of the first and most successful Crusade, so well remembered among our present allies that we were in effect forbidden to use the very word in our somewhat mishandled victories in Iraq., through the eyes, faith, greed and bravery of some of the best knights of the time. Thr discussion of the training from boyhood in an instution closely paralleling the "agoge' which Spartan youth were obliged to enter at age twelve and exit upon majority a a warrior to carry on his line. The similarities were uncanny and produced warriors that held considerable sway from Normandy, as descendants of Northmen to whom the Frankish king was obliged to cede to them the province named for them. The extent of their influence and power throughout Europe I'd sometimes if not most often forgotten by our Teachers and Professors through apparently overshadowing rrepute given the 'le batard" of Normandy, who could take no part in the first Crusade, William the Conqueror, whose brother was nevertheless in the Holy Land during this first and most effective Crusade.
What did you love best about Prince of Legend?
I liked how the author told the story of the First Crusade through the eyes of the men you led the crusade.
What did you like best about this story?
I liked the battle scenes. It is fascinating how the men were able to bear such hardships and accomplish so much.
Which character – as performed by Jonathan Keeble – was your favorite?
The Count of Taranto was my favorite. His voice embodies an experienced commander who is experienced and knowledgeable about the military situation of his days.
Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?
The battle outside the walls of Antioch was very moving.