"...the reader of this intelligently and sumptuously illustrated history may be forgiven for thinking that modern research is leading to consensus. Gone are the judgmental obsessions with war, greed. and racial conflict. In a collaborative volume that freely calls on work beyond that of the writers themselves in attempting a synthesis of current opinion, the contributors promote an impressively coherent vision."Riley-Smith, Jonathan Simon Christopher is the author of 'Oxford Illustrated History of the Crusades', published 2001 under ISBN 9780192854285 and ISBN 0192854283.