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    Essentially Alfred Duggan’s Count Bohemond is a novelization of Steven Runciman’s first volume in his A History of the Crusades T

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    Duggan wrote this type of novel with a genuine skill capturing the exoticness of medieval Europe whilst retaining a sense of the nitty gritty details that add verisimilitude to the bright colors of courtly life Bohemond was the crafty and gigantic offspring of Robert Guiscard one of the Hauteville Normans who managed to

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    This is an older novel about the First Crusade specifically Bohemond I prince of Antioch He was originally a minor Norman lord from Apulia His military prowess particularly his talent for tactics and strategy led him to become one of the leaders of the Crusaders and to be particularly instrumental in the conuest of Antioch Despite the nature of the subject matter I tired of this book very uickly Duggan concentrates almost exclusi

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    Bohemond was a Norman knight from southern Italy who was one of the most capable and ambitious leaders of the First Crusade 1096 1099 He came from a fairly humble background but his abilities as a battlefield commander were recognize

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    Good historical fiction about the crusades

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Free download ↠ E-book, or Kindle E-pub ç Alfred Duggan

Count Bohemond was an actual Norman warrior who carved out his own kingdom in the Middle East as well as the hero of this compel. Essentially Alfred Duggan s Count Bohemond is a novelization of Steven Runciman s first volume in his A History of the Crusades Truth be told there are parts of Prof Runciman s classic that read like a novel Bohemond was a scion of one of the remarkable families of a remarkable people the Normans Most people if only vaguely are aware that the Normans conuered England at some point in time AD 1066 but fewer are aware that that period in Medieval history also saw Norman conuests in Spain Italy Southeast Europe and the Levant Bohemond was the eldest son of Robert Guiscard the Weasel of the Hauteville family Robert wrested Southern Italy from its Lombard and Byzantine masters to become Duke of Apulia and Calabria but Bohemond though an exemplary knight was not a politician and found himself largely disinherited by his half brother Roger Borsa the Purse Roger wasn t much of a knight but he was a canny politician and a skinflint upon Robert s death in 1085 The advent of the First Crusade gave Bohemond the chance to carve out a domain of his own and this novel chronicles that effort up to the time when he s able to make himself Prince of AntiochIf you ve read my reviews of Children of the Wolf and Besieger of Cities you ll know the reservations I have for Duggan s writing They are again evident here so I can t wholeheartedly recommend this book either but I did enjoy it As in Winter uarters there s a greater energy than in those other two novels because Duggan sincerely admires and likes his character I can t say that I share that admiration but it makes the book engaging and fast movingDuggan s difficulty as a writer is that he doesn t trust the reader to understand what s going on without explicitly laying everything out all too often in awkward exposition Eg We shall all be very sorry to part with Count Bohemond but if those are his views he is right to leave us I myself have never heard the Emperor promise Antioch to Count Bohemond as his private fief though since we left the city I have heard Count Bohemond often refer to that promise I don t suggest for a moment that he isn t telling the truth as he sees it but recollections of private conversations sometimes differ As I see it Antioch ought to go to Alexius You all promised to restore his old frontiers As it happens I did not but I promised to do him no harm while I was within his dominions and I am now within his dominions There it is Antioch must be given to the Greeks even if it means losing that splendid Apulian contingent p 194I can t recall anything nearly this awkward in for example an AubreyMaturin novel or even in a Sharpe adventureOn the other hand there are still enjoyable moments of Duggan s sardonic wit and humor There s an early scene where Guiscard explains to Bohemond his philosophy of rule So we are and I should like to stay that way But if the Greeks offer me a fortune on condition I serve their Patriarch I might be open to conviction Theology is a subject beyond the understanding of a simple knight God won t damn a layman for serving the wrong spiritual superior But Normans can do than fight Look here young Bohemond you must get this into your head Normans can govern we are the best governors in the world The revenues of Apulia and Calabria are greater than before we came though then they were ruled by clever Greeks and during the conuest nearly every valley was plundered Greeks are bright but they re all crooked As for Lombards they are lazy as well as crooked Half the villages didn t pay tribute because no one came around to collect it Others bribed the collector with a little something for his own purse much less than the due payment Now everything runs as smoothly as a water mill No use trying to bribe a Norman collector because he won t take less than the full tribute even if he keeps it all for himself A man who has to look after his irrigation ditches jolly well must repair them once a year A man who ought to collect toll from every traveler can t let his friends pass free In my fiefs only I plunder caravans of merchants there are no other brigands The peasants pay us rather a lot but they don t pay anything to anyone else We can govern a country so that it prospers Now don t you suppose that whoever is the next Emperor of Romania would like to hire Normans to help him run his Empire Things will be rather disturbed after a few civil wars pp 18 19And later in the book Bohemond and his nephew Tancred are considering what to do with two deserters who unfortunately are also rather high ranking members of the crusading army whom Duggan consistently refers to as pilgrims Both men are half starved and tipsy with drink As the wine glowed inside them they sat looking judicial p 189And while I can t commend this book strongly I can enthusiastically recommend Runciman s 3 volume A History of the Crusades It s a bit dated having been written in the 50s but there s no better source for getting a blow by blow account of the Crusades

Summary Count Bohemond A Novel

Count Bohemond A Novel

Challenged the Byzantine Empire and outwitted Crusader leaders Here is an unrivaled depiction of the tactics of medieval warfar. This is an older novel about the First Crusade specifically Bohemond I prince of Antioch He was originally a minor Norman lord from Apulia His military prowess particularly his talent for tactics and strategy led him to become one of the leaders of the Crusaders and to be particularly instrumental in the conuest of Antioch Despite the nature of the subject matter I tired of this book very uickly Duggan concentrates almost exclusively on the military aspects of the story so that the plot is nothing than a series of battles and sieges across Asia Minor and into the middle east With little else going on in the book it uickly becomes surprisingly repetitive There s a little bit of politics among the leaders of the Crusade but Duggan does not get very far into it beyond how it affects the various battles and sieges There s very little attention given to Bohemond s relationships or inner life And there s not much in the way of description of the details of life on Crusade Duggan also seems to have surprisingly little to say about his protagonist or the events he depicts There s really nothing there beyond see this cool Crusader and all the cool things he did Plus duggan takes a very simplistic view of the Crusade itself the Crusaders are awesome the Greeks and the Turks aren t No exploration of any themes or anything robbing the book of any real substance

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Ling novel History records his meteoric rise from junior member of a Sicilian warlord's house to conuerer Along the way Bohemond. Duggan wrote this type of novel with a genuine skill capturing the exoticness of medieval Europe whilst retaining a sense of the nitty gritty details that add verisimilitude to the bright colors of courtly life Bohemond was the crafty and gigantic offspring of Robert Guiscard one of the Hauteville Normans who managed to carve southern Italy into principalities and robber baronies under their fierce and disciplined control Duggan begins his story with the birth of Bohemond whose mother would soon be repudiated by Guiscard in favor of a second marriage with a lascivious member of the Lombard aristocracy In a series of jumps through time we learn of Guiscard s failure to achieve his principal ambition victory over the Byzantine Emperor that Bohemond has inherited this same burning desire to go along with the relatively minor comital dignity his father salvaged for his eldest son and that joined by his loyal nephew Tancred Bohemond fully expects to be a major figure in the Crusade against the Saracens that has been assembled by the nobility of France and Germany Warily jockeying for political position against the eually skillful Byzantine Emperor Alexius Comnenus Bohemond soon finds himself at the head of the Crusader army jostling against the antagonistic and pious Raymond IV Count of Toulouse the chary honorable and god fevered Godfrey de Bouillon nominal Duke of Lower Lotharingia the courageous but tergiversatory Duke Robert of Normandy and the subtle and level headed papal prelate Bishop Adhemar of PuyAlthough Duggan obviously admired the real life Bohemond and hence somewhat tamped down the naked edges of the knight s ambition for the novel in which he placed him we still find a worldly wise Bohemond maneuvering against the Emperor and the Christian strategy of his rival lords Duggan really excels at depicting the travails and struggles against both the land and the Saracens the hit and run battles on the Anatolian plateau and the attritional siege of Antioch in which Bohemond concocted the stratagem for bypassing the impenetrable city walls Each character is captured nicely if a touch blandly there is a certain edge missing from them especially Bohemond whose actions occasionally seem to spring from a mind of a Machiavellian and hungry bent than is actually depicted on the page Still for a historical novel set amidst all the fervor and dust of the First Crusade and of the part played by the talented and ambitious Norman contingent this is about as good as it gets