The Crusades by Thomas Asbridge audiobook

The Crusades: The Authoritative History of the War for the Holy Land

By Thomas Asbridge
Read by Derek Perkins

Ecco, HarperCollins, HarperAudio 9780060787295
25.50 Hours Unabridged
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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, readable 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.

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Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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, readable 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“This lengthy audio history…[is] rewarding on a number of levels. Derek Perkins is, as always, a matchless narrator. One could relish this production entirely for the music of his pronunciation. Asbridge is a skilled storyteller, and each successive turn of events will command listener interest, even as all the previous campaigns and waves of battle blur in the mind. This is an epic tale, a history of the waxing and waning of medieval chivalry, and an advance staging for today’s wars for religion and territory in the Middle East. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.” AudioFile
“A truly comprehensive history of holy war in the Holy Land. The narrative reads like an adventure story, albeit one that is both factual and instructive.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A comprehensive, sophisticated, and arresting analytical narrative rewarding to any level of historical interest.” Booklist
“Brilliant, authoritative, and accessible…Asbridge balances impeccable scholarship with a gifted storyteller’s engaging voice. He vividly portrays the driving forces and personalities, the perspectives of Christians and Muslims, and the legacy of the Crusades in Christian and Muslim history and imagination.” Professor John L. Esposito, director of the Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University, and author of The Future of Islam

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Author

Author Bio: Thomas Asbridge

Author Bio: Thomas Asbridge

Thomas Asbridge is the author of The Crusades: The War for the Holy Land and The First Crusade: A New History. He earned a BA in ancient and medieval history at Cardiff University and gained his PhD in medieval history at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the Reader in Medieval History at Queen Mary, University of London. He wrote and presented the landmark three-part documentary series The Crusades for the BBC, filmed on location across the Near East and Europe. He has also appeared in many other internationally broadcast television documentaries and radio programs, and he has worked as a historical consultant for HBO and Company Pictures. Asbridge lives in southern England.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/History
Runtime: 25.50
Audience: Adult
Language: English