The Byzantine World War
Nick Holmes Troubador Published: May 2019 Price: £8.99
The Crusades shook the world. But why did they happen? In Nick Holmes' fascinating new book, their origins are revealed in a new light: as part of a medieval world war that stretched from Asia to Europe. At its centre was an ancient empire – Byzantium.
Told for the first time as a single, linked narrative are three great events that changed history: the fall of Byzantium in the eleventh century, the epic campaign of the First Crusade and the origins of modern Turkey.
Holmes not only presents the First Crusade in a wider global context but he also puts forward new interpretations of the original sources, suggesting that its success was in fact largely accidental, and that the central role of Byzantium in the Crusades has been underestimated.
Holmes writes with an easy style that makes taking in the complicated history that he covers, an easier task. A very engaging and interesting read, this will appeal to anyone fascinated with this period of history.