It was perfect timing, since I recently had a conversation with my mom about the Battle of Lepanto and found myself completely ignorant, knowing that most of my vague ideas about the Crusades have been formed by my public high school history classes.
I really enjoyed The Last Crusader – like all the Louis de Wohl novels I’ve read, the history was detailed, fascinating, and recounted in an engaging manner. Although it isn’t about a saint – Don Juan of Austria was devout, but led a very colorful life – it was inspiring to learn about this brave man who changed history. The battle scenes were suspenseful, riveting, and powerful without being too gory. The love story was beautiful and showed what sacrificial love looks like. And, bonus… I learned something about the Crusades and The Battle of Lepanto!
Then as I was reading the book, I saw this article on Facebook that I found interesting: What Is Your Middle Schooler Being Taught About the Crusades? This article struck me on a personal level because I can relate to what many have been taught about the “facts” of the Crusades. It was interesting to read fair, factual and balanced account of the Crusades and re-think about what I have been taught
The Last Crusader and this article made me want to learn more about the history of the Crusades. What is your favorite book – other than Ignatius Press’ edition of The Last Crusader, of course ;) – about the Crusades? Any suggestions for books that present an unbiased, factual account of the Crusades – the good and the bad? I would love to hear your thoughts!