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Crossed A Tale of the Fourth Crusade In the year tens of thousands of crusaders gather in Venice preparing to embark for Jerusalem to free the Holy City from Muslim rule Among them is a lowly vagabond Briton rescued from damnatio

  • Title: Crossed: A Tale of the Fourth Crusade
  • Author: Nicole Galland
  • ISBN: 9780060841805
  • Page: 144
  • Format: Paperback
  • Crossed: A Tale of the Fourth Crusade By Nicole Galland, In the year 1202, tens of thousands of crusaders gather in Venice, preparing to embark for Jerusalem to free the Holy City from Muslim rule Among them is a lowly vagabond Briton, rescued from damnation by a pious knight who burns with zealous fire for their sacred undertaking And so they set sail, along with dedicated companions and with a beautiful, mysterious Arab priIn the year 1202, tens of thousands of crusaders gather in Venice, preparing to embark for Jerusalem to free the Holy City from Muslim rule Among them is a lowly vagabond Briton, rescued from damnation by a pious knight who burns with zealous fire for their sacred undertaking And so they set sail, along with dedicated companions and with a beautiful, mysterious Arab princess whom the vagabond liberates from a brutish merchant But the divine light guiding their righteous campaign soon darkens as the mission sinks ever deeper into catastrophe, disgrace, and moral turpitude as Christians murder Christians in the Adriatic port city of Zara, tragic events are set in motion that will ultimately lead to the shocking and shameful fall of Constantinople.Impeccably researched and beautifully told, Nicole Galland s Crossed is a stunning tale of the disastrous Fourth Crusade and of the hopeful, brave, and driven who were caught up in and irrevocably changed by a corrupted cause and a furious battle beyond their comprehension or control.

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    1. When I first rated this book, I gave it three stars It was a good read for sure, and the 600 pages were finished at break neck speed But there was just something about the history altering character of historical romans that kept lingering in the back of my mind Now I changed my rating to five stars Reading Jonathan Phillips s The Fourth Crusade And The Sack Of Constantinople made me change my opinion on Galland s novel Though she does alter some facts, she gives a very good representation of ho [...]

    2. I got about 1 3 through and just ran out of energy for this book Most of the characters didn t appeal to me much except for the Princess It wasn t enough to keep me going.

    3. This is a terrific historical novel The Crusade is the one where, led by the Venetian Doge and venal representatives of the pope, the western European army attacked and sacked Constantinople, which was still a Christian city It was done out of greed The protagonist is an unnamed musician he s probably Welsh who rescues a woman he thinks is an Egyptian princess from a Venetian merchant and attaches himself to a fictitious German knight to take her home The princess is really Jewish, the knight is [...]

    4. I put this book down around page 160 or so to read something else The fact that I never went back to it says something I just could not get into this book no matter how much I tried I thought the subject was interesting, I just couldn t seem to care about the characters I had too many other books to read to try to slog through this one I was saddened too, because I liked two of her others books very much.

    5. This book was full of excellent details and very well researched My one problem with it was that I, probably much like the crusaders, wanted it to move a little faster By the time I got to the end, I found I didn t much care any what happened.I loved the Briton, and would have loved him even if we had learned his name Gregor was boring Jamila and Liliana I liked, but wanted to know about them, their histories.

    6. Nicole Galland wrote this story in the point of view of a man we only know as the Briton He was a musician and therefore a sensitive man, accustomed to the friendship of women For the time period and setting, I thought this would be unusual The Briton is also somewhat a jester, with clever quips and a quick witted mind When set against the backdrop of the serious pilgrimage of the fourth crusade, the Briton is quite entertaining Another character, the German knight Gregor, writes in a journal in [...]

    7. Truly HeroicThe nameless hero, called the Briton, manipulates events far above his station by taking on the persona of an idiot musician His friends are a motley crue, representing the wide variety of Pilgrims on Crusade Many adventures ensue.

    8. I was really disappointed with this book I was so excited to read it, when then I just could not get into it I finally stopped on page 172 I just don t think pleasure reading should feel like so much work I was never able to get into the storyline or relate to any of the characters The history behind the story was interesting, but it took 172 pages for the crusade just to get to Zara So slow moving I don t think I could make it through another 450 pages.

    9. I seriously stayed up until midnight finishing this book Unfortunately, I m way too tired this morning to write much about it, except that it s got a lively narrative voice, although the narrator has an ahistorical feel to me anyway , there s lots of twists turns, and I almost cried near the end.

    10. It took a few pages to get into this historical novel, but by persevering, one encounters a very readable, at times gripping, and wryly humorous account of the Fourth Crusade As the author says in the afterword, if Monty Python had made a film of the Fourth Crusade, the tag line would be No infidels were harmed The author brings out the politics, both civil and ecclesial, admirably And the love story that has been interwoven into the narrative also has some touching, and some funny, moments All [...]

    11. Galland is co author with Neal Stephenson onThe Rise and Fall of D.O.D.O I wanted to see what kind of stories she wrote Not a fan of Byzantium or the crusades but she writes a wonderful tale of fictional characters interwoven with history So, read this for the story, the history or the romance You will not be disappointed.

    12. I loved this book It was beautifully written Nicole Galland is a wordsmith and storyteller Those two skills are not often combined in my opinion Her characters are rich and inventive The story is full of well researched historical references but feels very contemporary and real.I cannot write enough praise for this worthwhile read.

    13. The synopsis states In the year 1202, tens of thousands of crusaders gather in Venice, preparing to embark for Jerusalem to free the Holy City from Muslim rule Among them is a lowly vagabond Briton, rescued from damnation by a pious knight who burns with zealous fire for their sacred undertaking And so they set sail, along with dedicated companions and with a beautiful, mysterious Arab princess whom the vagabond liberates from a brutish merchant But the divine light guiding their righteous campa [...]

    14. The Holy Crusade that never was A Briton pretends to assassinate the leader of the Crusaders, Boniface, once he learns the Englishman he seeks to kill is not there He counts on Boniface s strong and sturdy knight to kill him and end his suffering Instead, the knight becomes the Briton s protector and intends to deliver the Briton to the Holy Land alive and intact as a convert to Christ The Briton has other intentions he wants to die The knight, Gregor of Mainz, a strong and charismatic man, who [...]

    15. I loved this well written book by Nicole Galland The characters are so real and the story of this Crusade is so timely I loved the Briton and all his idealistic hopes in the company of people that are morally adrift ironic because he s the one without any discernible faith He gets into all sorts of crazy schemes that keep him in the center of the action and often he is the driving force of events in the Crusade I loved Jamilla and Liliana as strong women that always had the better of the men in [...]

    16. So I borrowed this from the hotel I stayed at on my most recent vacation yes, I know I am damn lucky and I love my life I was really pleasantly surprised by how much I got into it Her writing style is engrossing and I really cared about the characters including some damn strong women Usually I could care less about the Crusades, apart from scoffing at the imperialistic hubris, but this makes me wonder if there s a lot to them that I should be checking out I d certainly like to read from this a [...]

    17. It just couldn t hold my attention I ve read about 1 4 of the story and that was forcing myself to pick the book up and read it And really, where s the fun in that I m going to blame the characters for my disinterest I didn t understand their motives and didn t like the primary cast enough to want to find out what happens to them The main narrator who has no name in the first quarter at least literally is on one page trying to figure out a way to successfully commit suicide, and on the next page [...]

    18. This is one of those cases when you need a half star I think three and a half stars would be best I enjoyed the middle of this book However, the beginning and ending dragged a bit It was a very long novel to read and there were a couple times that I almost turned to another book However, this story of a Briton he is never named and his adventures in the Fourth Crusade was quite entertaining at times The Briton is saved from suicide by a German knight named Gregor who believes himself to be fight [...]

    19. I found it hard to get into Galland s The Fool s Tale at the beginning, but once I did, I absolutely loved it and couldn t put it down So I was excited to see Crossed come out Once again, the beginning was hard to get into, so I kept going on faith It would get better I knew it would But somehow didn t I never connected with the characters The most engaging character, Jamila, just wasn t believable she was a spokesperson for modern times cut n pasted into a Crusade ages book The narrator never r [...]

    20. It s taken me a while to work my way through this book although I ve enjoyed it immensely Galland creates realistic, funny, and often flawed characters, and I enjoyed their journey The subject matter is immense, so the book is dense in parts, which is partly why it s taken me so long to work through it I enjoyed it far as bite sized chunks rather than a quick zip through to finish it As it covers a part of history I m rather unfamiliar with, I also wanted to take time to do some accompanying re [...]

    21. even with 600 pages, I didn t want this book to end Fictionalized characters retell the story of the Fourth Crusade as 20,000 soldiers and mariners make their way from Venice, Zara, Corfu, and finally Constantinople they never even make it to their original destination, Jerusalem While the characters were clever, witty, and noble, their development was limited compared to the historical, religious, cultural detail provided It was light heartedly bawdy, but at times uncomfortably raunchy The auth [...]

    22. This was the most tedious book that I think that I have ever read I put it down a couple of times, and then would read something else The storyline is interesting enough, but blah blah blah when blah would suffice I am glad that I had read The revenge of the rose before attempting this because I really enjoyed that book I felt a huge sense of relief when I finished this book, and now I can read something else Why did I finish it I have never read a book about the crusades, and I wanted to see if [...]

    23. A brilliant and engrossing once it gets into its stride tale of power politics twisting religion to its own ends Ms Galland does a wonderful job in bringing to life a unique episode of medieval history that excited debate in its own epoch, and the characters she draws are absolutely convincing Marquis Boniface, Doge Dandolo and Bishop Conrad would be enough to enliven any tale but seeing their activities through the eyes of the subversive Welsh fugitive and the dour German knight is a unparallel [...]

    24. This book is rather fun and interesting, without being wholly satisfactory somehow Historical fiction buffs will no doubt enjoy it, despite the markedly 21st century tone and dialogue It is good mental floss, and I think I have a better idea of daily life amongst crusaders during the fourth crusade, although my sympathy for their goals and actions drops steadily the further I read Those who throw around the word crusade should give this book a perusal, for a bit of a sort of reality check No rea [...]

    25. I loved this book As a medieval historian, I thought the take on this moment in history was superb, but also laugh out loud funny like a marriage of Eugen Weber with Monty Python Galland s character development is wonderful While the events highlighted in the story present the sometimes tragic stupidity or western thought and the voracious hunger for western power , the story remains hopeful and optimistic I will definitely be recommending this to friends and library patrons

    26. Oh, where to start First, I love the amount of research and detail in this book I thought reading a book about the crusades would be boring but I was wrong Then, the relationship dynamics were pretty amazing too Did anyone else notice that the welsh lute player in this book was the fool from The Fool s Tale I think this is one of those books that I will cherish for years to come.

    27. A really good historic book.I think I learned a lot about the forth crusade and I had fun at the same time.Very neatly written good humor and satirical comments.The characters were interesting and not cliche.I liked the British and Jamila very much and Gregor of Mainz following.The romance between Jamilla and the british was a little tiring though and it seemed that the characters lacked moments of greatness.All in all I recommend this book to everyone who likes a good book with historic facts.

    28. I experienced somewhat of a dual relationship with this book.Many times I found it tedious to get through as the story plods through.However the richess of the narrators The Briton s character is well worth it.In fact most of the characters are well drawn and compelling.I would recommend to anyone who might be interested in the History of the Fourth Crusade.It was a good book although not entirely compelling.

    29. I liked this book, the female character no spoilers is a revelationdriven by the history and character driven Best of all worlds Great scenes in Venice as well as my favorite character from another Galland noveld the history of jews in crusade era Constantinople was an eye opener I ll never see the Crusades again as I once did righteous men seeking to impose their righteousness on others in a sweep of military brutality, smooth and unencumberedHA

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