God's Wolf: The Life of the Most Notorious of all Crusaders, Scourge of Saladin

God's Wolf: The Life of the Most Notorious of all Crusaders, Scourge of Saladin

by Jeffrey Lee

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“[Jeffrey Lee] brings a blockbuster sensibility to this slice of the 12th century Levant.”—Dan Jones, Sunday Times (UK)

In a 2010 terrorist plot, Al-Qaeda hid a bomb in a FedEx shipment addressed to a man who had been dead for 800 years.

Born in twelfth-century France and bred for violence, Reynald de Chatillon was a young knight who joined the Second Crusade and rose through the ranks to become the preeminent figure in the crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem, chief foe of the Muslim leader Saladin, and one of the most reviled characters in Islamic history. In the West, Reynald has long been considered a minor player in the crusading saga, and is often dismissed as a bloodthirsty maniac who brought disaster on his fellow crusaders. However, by using contemporary documents and original research, Jeffrey Lee overturns this popular perception and questions other prejudices about the crusades that underlie modern misunderstandings of the Middle East.

God’s Wolf shows how the crusader kingdom was brought down by a treacherous internal faction, rather than by Reynald’s belligerence. In fact, despite Reynald’s brutality, Lee argues that he was a strong military leader and an effective statesman, whose actions in the Middle East had a far-reaching impact that endures to this day.

An epic saga set in the midst of a violent clash of civilizations, God’s Wolf is the fascinating story of an exceptional crusader and a provocative reinterpretation of the crusading era.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780393609707
Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
Publication date: 08/08/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 320
File size: 25 MB
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About the Author

Jeffrey Lee has a first class degree in Arabic and Islamic history from Oxford University, and is an award-winning broadcast journalist for the BBC and others. Born and raised in South Africa, he now lives in London.

Table of Contents

List of Maps 9

Prologue 11

Introduction: A Monstrous Unbeliever 15

1 Dead Man Walking 25

2 The Wild East 46

3 Knight-Errant 59

4 Arriviste 77

5 Diabolic Daring 90

6 A Violent Sinner 103

7 Guardian of the Land 113

8 Imperial Vassal 123

9 In the Power of Nur Al-Din 142

10 Years of Darkness 149

11 Phoenix 163

12 Hero 191

13 Lord of La Grand Berrie 195

14 Desert Raider 210

15 Sea Wolf 218

16 The Lion and the Wolf 229

17 The "Manchurian" Regent 240

18 King-Maker 249

19 Truce-Breaker 257

20 Apocalypse 268

21 The Ultimate Crusader 283

Acknowledgments 299

Notes 301

Select Bibliography 311

Index 315

About the Author 333

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studentofpsychicarts More than 1 year ago
If you know little about the crusades, this is a good place to begin. Much of the book reads as though it is a novel but it is historically referenced and sequential. When you arrive at the end of the "biography" it is apparent that neither side is to be favored in the long view--it is simply a presentation of the human tragedy of military/cultural war and its victims. Still, it is a colorful and engaging experience for the reader.