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I would recomand this to anyone who would like to understand the crusades.
They are well thought out and brilliantly delivered.
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
These lectures are very well done by this outstanding author himself. I learned a tremendous overview of the crusades. I highly recommend it.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
As an introduction to the crusades this couldn't be better. Told in a series of lectures by the author, each is highly informative, and contain none of the self indulgent digressions you sometimes hear at university. The author has a good reading voice and clearly is on top of his subject. I will be trying more of this series.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
The subject is obviously well understood and researched. The lecturer is good at making it clear what things (like motivation of some of the historical figures) we are not absolutely sure about and his presentation style was easy to settle into.
I listened to this going to work each day and found it easy to follow, interesting enough to keep listening, and easy to pick up again on the next commute without having lost the thread.
I also think it was nice that it didn't sell religious justification but also didn't hide from it, presenting motivations as social factors. In the end, I didn't find any villains nor did I find any heroes, just men trying to live as best they could given their training and environment. Can we judge them? Sure. Can we blame them? Maybe. Can we learn from them? Definitely.
The one thing I did take away, is that armies periodically do stupid things and the history of the Crusades, certainly prove this repeatedly. I definitely understand the motivations and history of the Crusades more clearly and might listen to it again sometime.