'Probably no author of this century has produced so many books at such a high level of scholarship.' The Times 'Payne's book recreates the two hundred years of Crusader history with a blazing intensity that exhibits to the full his powers both as scholar and storyteller. He covers all eight Crusades in a magnificent sweep, from that of 1095, inspired by Pope Urban II, to the disastrous one of 1270 led by Louis IX. The book is a major contribution to our understanding of the Middle Ages, and makes marvellous reading.' Publishers' Weekly
About the Author
Born in Cornwall in 1911, Robert Payne was educated at St Paul's School, at the universities of Capetown and Liverpool and at the Sorbonne. At various times a shipwright, an armaments officer, a news correspondent, a translator, a professor of English and a pilot, but always a historian, he lived all over Europe and Africa and in Asia. He was author of over fifty books including The Splendour of Persia, The Holy Sword and The Gold of Troy.