In 1119, the people of the Near East came together in an epic clash of horses, swords, sand, and blood that would decide the fate of the city of the Aleppo-and the eastern Crusader states. Fought between tribal Turkish warriors on steppe ponies, Arab foot soldiers, Armenian bowmen, and European knights, the battlefield was the amphitheater into which the people of the Near East poured their full gladiatorial might. Carrying a piece of the true cross before them, the Frankish army advanced, anticipating a victory that would secure their dominance over the entire region. But the famed Frankish cavalry charge failed them, and the well-arranged battlefield dissolved into a melee. Surrounded by enemy forces, the crusaders suffered a colossal defeat. With their advance in Northern Syria stalled, the momentum of the crusader conquest began to evaporate, and would never be recovered.
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by Douglas Nicholas
by Dave Bara
by Rachel Caine
by Eric Kahn Gale
"The author assumes too much listener familiarity with the often intensely complex story of the Crusader kingdoms that flourished in the Middle East after the first Crusade, flooding the first part of his book with names, places, and dates. Narrator Julian Elfer's clarity, intelligence, and excellent pronunciation of all those names and places help, but, sadly, he simply reads a beat or two too quickly for the density of the material. In the less information-dense sections of the audiobook, his narration is admirable. His voice and English accent are enjoyable, and he conveys the sense of what he reads effortlessly. More thought about the needs of listeners not already steeped in the period's history might have made this worthwhile program more enjoyable. W.M. © AudioFile 2018, Portland, Maine"
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