|Title:||The Crusades (Volume 1) Iron Men and Saints|
|Publisher:||Doubleday, Doran & Company, Inc.|
|Tags:||history, Middle East, non-fiction, religion, war|
Volume I: Iron Men and Saints details the First and Second Crusades beginning with their setting out, and it ends with the death of the last survivor. It focuses primarily on the First Crusade and the capture of Antioch and Jerusalem.
Volume II: The Flame of Islam follows the rise of Saladin, the downfall of the Catholic Kingdom in the Levant, and the fall of the Byzantine Empire. This fall culminated in the final sack of Byzantium by the Ottomans and the development of what would become Istanbul. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Lamb, Harold
Harold Lamb (1892-1962)
Born in Alpine, New Jersey, he attended Columbia University, where his interest in the peoples and history of Asia began. Lamb built a career with his writing from an early age. He got his start in the pulp magazines, quickly moving to the prestigious Adventure magazine, his primary fiction outlet for nineteen years. In 1927 he wrote a biography of Genghis Khan, and following on its success turned more and more to the writing of non-fiction, penning numerous biographies and popular history books until his death in 1962. The success of Lamb's two volume history of the Crusades led to his discovery by Cecil B. DeMille, who employed Lamb as a technical advisor on a related movie, The Crusades, and used him as a screenwriter on many other DeMille movies thereafter. Lamb spoke French, Latin, Persian, and Arabic, and, by his own account, a smattering of Manchu-Tartar. This allowed him to use source documents in their original language for many of his historical novels such as Tamerlane and Genghis Khan.
Sources: haroldlamb.com, goodreads.com
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