God's Wolf

God's Wolf

The Life of the Most Notorious of All Crusaders, Scourge of Saladin

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

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Describes the story of Reynald de Chatillon, a crusading knight known for his brutality and who is still so reviled in Islamic history that a hidden bomb in a 2010 terrorist plot was addressed to him in a FedEx shipment.

Baker
& Taylor

Traces the life of twelfth-century French crusader Reynald de Chatillon, who rose from a lowly soldier to become prince of Antioch and chief foe of the Muslim leader Saladin, arguing that in spite of his brutality, he was a strong military leader and effective statesman.
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 Reynald de Chatillon, a knight who had died centuries ago in the crusades. A reviled figure in Islamic history, often portrayed as the very epitome of brutality, Reynald remains as controversial--and as vividly present in the minds of many in the Middle East--as the story of the crusades themselves. An epic saga set in the midst of a violent clash of civilizations, God's Wolf tells the story of Reynald's staggering rise from lowly soldier to prince of Antioch, one of the crusader kingdoms in the Near East. Jeffrey Lee argues that, despite his brutality, Reynald was a strong military leader and an effective statesman who defended his kingdom against attacks from Byzantines, Armenians, and Muslims. A tale of faith, fanaticism, and brutality, God's Wolf is the fascinating story of an exceptional crusader and a provocative reinterpretation of the crusader era--

Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, 2017
Edition: First American edition
ISBN: 9780393609691
0393609693
Branch Call Number: 956.014 L513g
Characteristics: 332 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 25 cm

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