by Antony Bridge
THE CRUSADES is the brutal drama of 200 years of struggle for the Holy Land. It is a bloody tale of Turk and Greek, Arab and English, Egyptian and Frank, Moslem and Christian slaughtering each other for the love of God.
The era was peopled by men larger than life–Richard the Lion Heart, Saladin Barbarossa, Genghiz Khan. It was characterized by simple Crusaders who relished the luxuries of their enemies–carpets, baths, spices, oranges–and made magnificent by construction of the finest castles in the world.