Dan Jones is a broadcaster, award-winning journalist and pioneer of the resurgence of interest in medieval history. He is the bestselling author of Summer of Blood, The Plantagenets, Magna Carta, Realm Divided and The Templars. He lives in London.
'The master of the Middle Ages turns his attention to the compelling saga of religious conflict' Radio Times. 'Dan Jones has the priceless ability to write page-turning narrative history underpinned by authoritative scholarship. Never before has the era of the Crusades been depicted in such bright and striking colours, or their story told with such gusto' Edinburgh Reporter. 'Compelling ... Jones is adept at teasing out the array of motivations that propelled the crusaders on an arduous, often harrowing, journey to an uncertain, violent destination ... An avowedly pluralist account in which equal weight is given to the experiences of Christians and Muslims ... Jones has written an epic of his own here, as complex as it is compelling' Prospect. 'A fresh and vibrant account of a conflict that raged across medieval centuries' Jonathan Phillips. 'A powerful story brilliantly told. Dan Jones writes with pace, wit and insight' Helen Castor. 'This is rollercoaster history ... Dan Jones has a nose for the dramatic, disgusting and bizarre ... Every page of his extraordinary book provides vivid evidence of the Crusades' continuing ability to mesmerise' The Times. 'Voyages, battles, sieges and slaughter: Dan Jones's tumultuous and thrilling history of the crusades is one of the best ... Jones is exceptionally good at giving evocative snapshots of medieval life, sometimes poignant, sometimes pure Monty Python' Sunday Times.