‘A bracing work by a masterly historian whose great knowledge portrays the ‘dramatic symbolic significance’ of this landmark event.’

Kirkus Reviews


‘A short but finely crafted study of the fall of Acre’

Peter Frankopan, Financial Times


‘Crowley’s narrative carries the reader along swiftly, not concealing the bloodshed or pulling his punches.’

Times Literary Supplement


‘The narrative and ramifications of this definitive set-piece siege are superbly recounted by Roger Crowley’

Michael Prodger - a New Statesman book of the year


‘For my money, this is narrative history at its best: a living, breathing world full of real people struggling, living, and dying in an epic clash.’

Patrick Wyman, host of Tides of History


‘Crowley’s gripping account of the fall of Acre is irresistible.  It is the kind of book one does not want to end.'

Sean McMeekin, author of The Russian Revolution


‘A fast-paced narrative, woven with dexterity, building to a crescendo that describes the siege in all its harrowing detail.’

BBC History



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