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  • The Crusades

  • The Authoritative History of the War for the Holy Land
  • Auteur(s): Thomas Asbridge
  • Narrateur(s): Derek Perkins
  • Durée: 25 h et 32 min
  • Version intégrale Livre audio
  • Catégories: Histoire, Moyen-Orient
  • 4,6 out of 5 stars (218 évaluations)

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Description

The Crusades is an authoritative, accessible single-volume history of the brutal struggle for the Holy Land in the Middle Ages. Thomas Asbridge - a renowned historian who writes with "maximum vividness" (Joan Acocella, The New Yorker) - covers the years 1095 to 1291 in this big, ambitious, listenable account of one of the most fascinating periods in history. From Richard the Lionheart to the mighty Saladin, from the emperors of Byzantium to the Knights Templar, Asbridge's book is a magnificent epic of holy war between the Christian and Islamic worlds, full of adventure, intrigue, and sweeping grandeur.

©2010 Thomas Asbridged (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

Ce que les critiques en disent

"Derek Perkins is, as always, a matchless narrator. One could relish this production entirely for the music of his pronunciation." ( AudioFile)

Ce que les auditeurs disent de The Crusades

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Fantastic Book

Very well written, and I think a balanced and fair look at the Crusades. The third crusade was my favorite

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great listen but obviously biased.

Take it as a story but not as an authoritative history as it's obviously biased towards Christians. exaggerating Christian victories and bloting enemy numbers are some of the examples.

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  • 101
  • 2018-10-03

Probably the Best Book Ever Written on the Subject

A fantastic and gripping telling of the events! I enjoyed this book from beginning to end, and it’s exactly what I look for in a book on history.

If you are remotely interested in the subject, do yourself a favor and pick this one up. You won’t regret it.

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  • Ali
  • 2020-04-03

First audio book

Not a single slow moment partly because this book is based on is full of action and interesting material however the narrator and author of the book should be applauded for the delivery of the correct information as well as the near-perfect narration of this book.

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not bad just not very engaging

not bad just not very engaging, would recommend if you really enjoy the subject matter.

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This is a good book is for the detail oriented

If you like the period and the topic, you'll enjoy this detailed (and pretty balanced) history of the various crusades.
I knew the names of some of the key players so it was interesting to get a more detailed (and accurate) account of them and their actions during the crusades. My only disapppointment was a total lack of detail or insight on the 'Children's Crusade' which the author discounted as one of the crusade's to be counted.

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Complete, balanced academic

I enjoyed this comprehensive history of the crusades. Especially as it presents both sides fairly

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Painstakingly Accurate Chronicle

To be certain, Thomas Asbridge dicusses sociopolitical, economic, and religious motivations for the participants of the Christian/Muslim wars of the late Middle Ages (on both sides - Latin/Frank and Turkish/Arabic), but the majority of this book is concentrated on documenting the battles fought with punctilious completeness. 'The Crusades' is mostly a remarkable Military History.
The book is easy to understand (written for both a scholastic and a general audience), presented with an admirably honest tone (authoritative but pointing out disputed posits), and organized logically (like the outline of a course syllabus).
Less fortunately, there are a *lot* of names and dates and an overall very dry, academic feel to the book (attempts to enliven it seem contrived). In general, this book is a scholarly effort intended for scholars.

Fortunately, Harper Audio enlisted Derek Perkins to read the book. He reads slightly too slowly (I found a playback speed of 1.10X optimal), but Perkins exhibited unparallelled diction and enough emotiveness to keep me interested in an honestly pretty boring text.

History books are hit & miss in the Audiobook format (textbooks are horrible listening fodder, but immersive "man-on-the-ground" exposés can be excellent). 'The Crusades' is a middling effort. I give this recording 7.5 stars out of 10. I am grateful to Audible for offering it for free as part of the 'Plus' catalogue.

ATTN PRODUCERS: Adding a PDF Appendix/Timeline to this product would improve it substantially.

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Good - but not quite as balanced as I thought

Very good read. But I feel the author criticizes Christian motives more critically than that of the Muslims.

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  • K.
  • 2021-05-16

A must listen .

Well balanced, narrated and detailed. A solid work. Pleasant in presentation enough to seem as if to be a tale of fiction. Recommend highly.

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  • Tad Davis
  • 2016-10-04

Comprehensive

There are a few topics that get short shrift in Asbridge's account, like the Albigensien Crusade and the People's Crusade. But if you want a comprehensive history of the wars fought in the Middle East, he's your guy. Asbridge writes with great narrative pace without sacrificing detail; he clarifies both the complex political history of Outremer and the moment-by-moment action of the great battles and sieges. The story is filled with great personalities - Saladin, Richard Lionheart, the sad Louis King of France, the brutal Baybars. A final chapter reflects on how the crusades have been used as reference points in later history. Derek Perkins' reading is brisk and interesting.

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  • T. Anderson
  • 2016-09-24

Learned more from this than in the past 60 years.

This book taught me more than just about any other historical piece I have read. It manages to masterfully put the Crusades in a format that shows the personalities on both sides that created the political conditions that fueled the hundred years of violence between two competing religions, philosophies and political systems for dominance of Palestine and its religious sites, holy to both sides.

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  • Alnico Cunife
  • 2018-05-20

Get an old map

I really enjoyed this book!. I did need an old (Time/year specific) map to really understand where the countries/cities were and their relationships to where people traveled. The first few hours of listening were a little difficult as the names were 'new" to my ears. After reviewing a map and understanding the names the book became a GREAT listen. Understanding who and why from most sides of 200+ years of Duking (pun intended) it out. We really never learn from the past, just relive it thinking we are better and smarter. I am glad I did not live beck then as life was very much harder than listening to true stories on a cruise ship.

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  • Rick
  • 2016-09-08

A Thorough Look

A very interesting listen. Nice job connecting the history of the Crusades with other events going on, both at the time of the Crusades as well as since.

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  • Ethan
  • 2017-11-30

Informative but vague on details.

Great if you want a series of events with a timeline but lacks in depth events and detail. I also felt the author was bias in his opinions on certain events against the Latin crusaders. It came off more as a history and evolution of Islam and the Middle East during the crusades rather than a History of the Crusades.

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  • Mike Shade
  • 2018-08-06

A comprehensive window into the past

This book takes the listener back in time to the period of the great Crusades into the Holy land. Told from both sides of the story, it links these events into todays chaotic Middle East, and gives perspective into one of the basic causes for the Protestant Reformation a few centuries later. Derek Perkins handles the Arabic names with ease and his delivery is first rate. Of particular interest to me was the telling of the story of the Mongol invasion and how they were blunted by the Muslim world in the Middle East.
All in all a great listen for those who want to get deep into this topic to understand its causes and effects.

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  • Ryan Hobbs
  • 2017-03-27

Solid and objective history with minor innacuracie

Really good, with well researched and objective content. However, there are a few small problems. The author gets the characteristics of European arms and armor completely wrong. He says that mail was very poor armor, when in fact it is very effective, taking tremendously powerful hits and keeping the wearer safe. His view of European swords is also wrong, viewing them as crowbars rather than the agile weapons they truly are. This shows a disturbing lack of personal research of the primary sources. All one has to do is read contemporary accounts and handle accurate reproductions to know how wrong this segment was.
Also, the author consistently mentions different units of currency throughout the book but with no comparison of the currency or what a unit of the currency was worth. This information might be in the physical book.

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  • J. Newhouse
  • 2017-11-22

Very good, but...

Performance is superb and research, storytelling, and putting it all together are very well done. Opened my eyes to a new viewpoint on pre-crusades and arguments on whether or not Muslim aggression sparked the crusades. Didn’t really care for the ending. Author felt he needed to do a little Bush bashing. He always strives to give context to Islamic actions, but isn’t willing to be that generous for contemporary Western actions. Should’ve and could’ve just left that whole part out.

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  • SS
  • 2017-02-28

Profound Narrative with Modern World Impact

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I have recommended this audiobook to friends, who like me, appreciate in-depth research presented authoritatively in easily-digested narrative.

What did you like best about this story?

I enjoyed the detailed accounts of the actors, attitudes, motivations and locations of the events we know as the Crusades, presented from Western AND Muslim points of view.

What does Derek Perkins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Derek Perkins' proper pronunciation helped greatly in my understanding of the material as I followed his narration in the hard-copy book. His pronunciation of French and Arabic names aided in a more thorough understanding of the historic figures and Middle Eastern locations of the Crusades.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Though this book provoked no extreme reactions like laughter or tears, I came away with a feeling of complete satisfaction for having spent the time listening to the accounts of a two hundred year span of human history.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-04-21

Blatant Bias

Anti-European bias is plain with unnecessary excerpts about the Crusaders, while painting Islam as flawless.

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