Crusader: By Horse to Jerusalem

Crusader: By Horse to Jerusalem

Paperback

By (author) Tim Severin

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  • Publisher: Weidenfeld & Nicolson History
  • Format: Paperback | 348 pages
  • Dimensions: 155mm x 226mm x 30mm | 635g
  • Publication date: 1 June 2001
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 1842122789
  • ISBN 13: 9781842122785
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition
  • Illustrations note: 44 Colour Photo\Illu(s)
  • Sales rank: 1,841,047

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Nearly 900 years after Duke Godfrey de Bouillon set out on the First Crusade, Tim Severin set out with one woman and two horses to retrace his steps. Starting out from Chateau Bouillon in Belgium with the same breed of Ardennes Heavy Horse used by Duke Godfrey, Severin followed the historic trail for eight and a half months. Riding out of the green countryside of northern Europe into the heat and parched landscape of the Near East, he and his companion covered more than 2,500 miles, past ruined Crusader settlements and ancient battlefields, through arduous mountain passes and across barren Anatolian steppes. Across Germany, Austria, Hungary, (then) Yugoslavia, Bulgaria, Turkey and Syria, he followed the precise route of the medieval voyagers towards their common destination - Jerusalem. In this dazzling synthesis of adventure, practical history and exploration, Severin assesses just how far Duke Godfrey could have travelled each day; which routes the Crusaders would have taken and how they would have cared for themselves and their horses.

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Tim Severin was born in 1940 and educated at Tonbridge School and Oxford University. He has sailed a leather boat across the North Atlantic in the wake of Saint Brendan, captained an Arab sailing ship from Muscat to China, and steered the replica of a Bronze Age galley to investigate the stories of Jason and the Argonauts and Ulysses' Odyssey. He holds the Founder's Medal of the Royal Geographical Society, awarded in1 1986 for outstanding services to exploration and geographic history. In 1988, the Royal Scottish Geographical Society presented him with the Livingstone Gold Medal. When not travelling Tim Severin lives in County Cork, Ireland.