As always Jack Ludlow captures the pulse and throbbing adventure of the Crusades. This is a continuation of a series about the Normans in Italy which ..Show More »started with Mercenaries and the tale of William de Hauteville. Now the Normans having conquered the southern part of Italy, the latest de Hauteville, Bohemond is called by Pope Urban, like many noblemen of the time, to take part in a Crusade to rescue Jerusalem from the Infidels.
This is bascially a tale of the First Crusade from the Norman leaders point of view -- namely Bohemond and Tancred. Ludlow's stories move right along from the machinations of the Byzantine Emperor Alexius I to the battles and deaths along the road to Antioch. Joining with Bohemond is Tancred, his maternal nephew, who will eventually play an important role in the Christian kingdoms of Outremer.
Like all of Jack Ludlow's book's this is fast paced, good characterization and occasional historical missteps to keep the story moving.
I have enjoyed the series and Jonathan Keeble is an excellent narrator