Excellent! Fascinating and easy to read.
This is a great book to give an introduction to the history of the first crusade for readers of historical fiction.
I am a history aficionado. Admittedly, I haven’t read many history books in the last year or so, so I was eager to dive back in. I am glad I chose, The Byzantine World War. Anatolia, Byzantium, The Ottoman Empire, Turkey…this region is steeped in history and culture and has always fascinated me. Author Nick Homes does a superb job telling the story of the fall of Byzantium, the First Crusade and the modern origins of Turkey. His writing style, rather than dry and monotonous like many history books, is conversational and engaging. I especially appreciated the comprehensive yet succinct chronology of the Byzantine Empire and the list of rulers by year included at the end of the book.
This book delivers exactly what it promises; a quick, well-researched, clearly written book on the origins of the Crusades and the importance of the Byzantine Empire.
As a United States historian I didn't know much beyond the basics of the Crusades and the Eastern Roman Empire before starting this. I'm amazed at how much information Holmes was able to fit into so few pages. I loved the depth of knowledge provided in a short read. The comparisons to a world war were interesting and the first holocaust was something I had never heard of before.
I enjoyed the sometimes informality that this was written with, it made some parts read like historical fiction which helps the reader retain the information and not lose interest. Now it was more military heavy than I personally like and some parts were clearly better developed than others but it all came together well.
The maps, character guides, pictures, and timelines were great and overall I really enjoyed this book! I read it in a day and learned so much about the topic.