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Story of the Crusades - E. M. Wilmot-Buxton



This history of the Crusades gives plenty of background regarding the rise and spread of Islam into Persia and the holy lands, the rise of the Seljuk Turks and the state of Europe during the middle ages. It then briefly recounts the major characters and events involved in each of the nine crusades.

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