Talk: Crusaders: An Epic History of the Wars for the Holy Lands
Chester: Friday 25 October, 20.30–21.30
Winchester: Friday 1 November, 20.00–21.00
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Talk synopsis: When Christian armies marched on Jerusalem in 1099, they began the most notorious period of conflict in medieval history: the crusades. In Crusaders, Dan Jones delves into that time to introduce a vivid cast of characters both familiar and barely known – from Richard the Lionheart, Eleanor of Aquitaine and Saladin, to Margaret of Beverley, who defended Jerusalem with a saucepan on her head, and Enrico Dandolo, the blind doge of Venice, who helped burn and loot Constantinople. This is an epic and deeply human history of an enthralling age.
Speaker bio: Dan Jones is the author of numerous internationally bestselling books about medieval history, including The Plantagenets, The Hollow Crown,The Templarsand Magna Carta. He co-authored The Colour of Time with Marina Amaral. Dan has written and presented documentary series including Secrets of Great British Castles and Britain’s Bloodiest Dynasty: The Plantagenets. His new book, Crusaders, is published in September 2019.