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God's Wolf

The Life of the Most Notorious of All Crusaders, Scourge of Saladin
Narrated by: Nigel Patterson
Length: 8 hrs and 40 mins
Categories: History, European
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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.

©2017 Jeffrey Lee (P)2017 HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books

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Move Over Ridley Scott . . . .

the truth is better than fiction.

I have been looking forward to this book for several months and I was not disappointed at all. Since this was my first look at de Chatillon's life and role in the Latin Kingdom's history, it was very enlightening. The book really opens up the intrigues in 12th century Jerusalem. The narration is also excellent. Highly recommended

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A great look into the life of a great crusader

This book is bound to offend many as it washes away much of the politically correct and over sympathizing views of the modern world. It pulls away from the views that would look ill upon anyone who might be portrayed as a hero of white Christian colonization, abandons subjective views of Christian and Islamic strife and objectivity presents historical facts that show a man of his time, reared to be what he was, a Christian Knight fighting savagely against his foe in a savage time for a what he believed was right. I’ve read other books on crusades, all detailing the same events and stories of Renaud De Chatillon, but this book was the first to take a step back and look at the knight based in his skill sets, age, captivity, the time period, and what was expected of people in this era and from his class. It definitely stands in favor of Renaud but for the purpose of helping you understand that what he did was due to his time and though he was a knight clad in mail and carried a banner emblazoned with a swan, he was no gentleman, but a devoted and fierce warrior, just as his enemies were. A great book, well worth your time.

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