Jonathan Phillips is Professor of Crusading History at Royal Holloway, University of London. He is the author of Holy Warriors- A Modern History of the Crusades; The Second Crusade- Extending the Frontiers of Christianity; The Fourth Crusade and the Sack of Constantinople; The Crusades, 1095-1197; Defenders of the Holy Land, 1119-1187 and the co-editor of three academic essay collections on the Crusades. Phillips is the co-editor of the academic journal Crusades and writes for BBC History and History Today. He has made numerous radio and television appearances and has been a historical consultant for Shakespeare?s Globe.
Superb, highly readable and definitive ... One of the world's leading crusades scholars ... Phillips's narrative of Saladin's career is vivid and judicious, punctuated by set pieces that charge along like battle scenes from Game of Thrones -- Dan Jones * Sunday Times * Superbly researched and enormously entertaining ... one of the outstanding books of the year -- Gerard DeGroot * The Times * An authoritative and brilliantly told account of the life of one of the world's greatest - and most famous - military leaders. Jonathan Phillips leaves no stone unturned in this impressive and lively history of the genius who was Saladin -- PETER FRANKOPAN, author of The Silk Roads Outstanding. Jonathan Phillips has written a compelling account of arguably the most inspirational of Islamic military heroes -- CHRISTOPHER DE BELLAIGUE, author of The Islamic Enlightenment This illuminating and fascinating biography of Saladin could not be timely. Today political figures often inspire little admiration, but Saladin's career at the height of the Crusades reminds us that moral charisma and integrity can be recognised and honoured by people on both sides of a vicious conflict. His concluding account of the intense emotion that the memory of Saladin still inspires in the Middle East today reveals the sensitivity and pain that underlies so many of the region's unresolved problems -- KAREN ARMSTRONG, author of Fields of Blood