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Book Review - Atlas of the Crusades

by Jonathan Riley-Smith (ed.)

T his book appears to be the definitive volume of cartography on the Crusades. Dr Riley-Smith and a team of very learned historians have put forward a complete set of maps, diagrams, and supplementary data to give the reader a concise, yet thorough picture of the fantastic era of the Crusades.

T o the person interested in Templars there are the following maps: The Templars and Hospitallers; The Defence of Latin East; Success in Spain and Portugal; Saladin's Conquests; The Crusader States; Acre: a Crusading City (with a very detailed picture of the city); The Fall of the Templars. Of course, the other maps (52 in total) provide a wealth of data, but for a Templar buff, these named maps are a treasure trove.

T he Crusades have often been seen as a relatively insignificant period of skirmishes and bloodletting from involuntary persons. Nothing could be further from the truth, and this book goes a long way to explain just why it is so. The Crusades were a vital period in the forming of the Western culture as we know it today. The whole complex web of events is unfurled before the eyes of the reader, who after this book has a much larger picture of the chain of events in the Crusades.

Armory Bailey Barracks Chapel Dungeon Library Pub

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