Book Review – Chronicles of the First Crusade

This is a very fascinating book. As the title suggest, this book is a collection of primary sources involved in the events known to history as The First Crusade. The chronicles are presented in a chronological order. With the bulk of the them coming from the crusaders themselves (or pilgrims as they called each other), […]

Book Review – Warlords of Ancient Mexico

This book is awesome! Warlords of Ancient Mexico: How the Mayans and Aztecs Ruled for More Than a Thousand Years is a book that describes pre-hispanic warfare, why the city-state and kingdoms fought with each other and the politics surrounding them. Not giving any specific spoilers, religion and imperial expansion were the primary reasons. The […]

Book Review: The Boy Crusaders

The Boy Crusaders: A Story of the Days of Louis IX by John G. Edgar is a historical fiction novel that takes place during The Seventh Crusade. The main protagonists of this story are two pious seventeen year old English squires that joined King Louis IX of France’s crusade to the Holyland. This is a […]

Book Review – The History of the Crusades: Volume 1

This is a really good on the crusades of the holyland. Considered to be one of the pioneered scholarly works on the crusades, this book does a great job describing these historic events. Written by Joseph Francois Michaud in French, and published in 1811, the English translation of this work on Project Gutenburg is absolutely fantastic. […]

Book Review – The Order of the Holy Sepulchre

The Order of the Holy Sepulchre: The History of the Catholic Order Established during the Crusades for the Promised Land, is the second Charles River Editors book that I’ve read, and perhaps it might be my last. Much of the complaints mentioned for The Order of Santiago apply for this book as well. This book […]

Book Review – The Book of Deeds of James I of Aragon

As a follow up to Saint Fernando III: A Kingdom for Christ, I opted to read The Book of Deeds by James I of Aragon. King James was a contemporary with King Fernando, and also like Fernando III of Castile, James I of Aragon was a great crusader king. This book is Jame’s autobiography written […]

Book Review – Saint Fernando III: A Kingdom for Christ

Saint Fernando III: A Kingdom for Christ is a biography work that venerates one of histories greatest crusader kings. Fernando III of Castile and Leon has been canonized and recognize in the Catholic Church as a saint. So in this book we get to read about the life and deeds of Fernando III from a […]

Book Review – Reconquest and Crusade in Medieval Spain

Of the different books that I’ve read relating to The Reconquista, Reconquest and Crusade in Medieval Spain has to be the best one thus far. It makes sense why I keep seeing this book being referenced by numerous other historians online. Joseph F. O’Callaghan did an incredible work given us an overview of a very […]

Book Review – El Cid: The Making of a Legend

This book takes a factual based approach to the legend of Rodrigo Diaz de Vivar, El Cid. It analyses the chronicles contemporary during the life of El Cid, many of which were fully included the book The World of El Cid, however unlike The World of El Cid, in this book we get an in-depth […]

Book Review – A Feast for Crows

A Feast for Crows has been my least favorite book in A Song of Ice and Fire thus far. I recall being almost 700 pages into this novel and I literally said to myself “Nothing majored has happened to move the story forward..”. Even worse, their wasn’t much content regarding some of the main characters […]