The Accursed Tower: The Fall of Acre and the End of the Crusades

Written by:
Roger Crowley
Narrated by:
Matt Kugler

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
November 2019
8 hours 6 minutes
From a New York Times-bestselling author, a stirring account of the siege of Acre in 1291, when the last Christian stronghold fell to the Muslim army

The 1291 siege of Acre was the Alamo of the Christian Crusades -- the final bloody battle for the Holy Land. After a desperate six weeks, the beleaguered citadel surrendered to the Mamluks, bringing an end to Christendom's two-hundred year adventure in the Middle East.

In The Accursed Tower, Roger Crowley delivers a lively narrative of the lead-up to the siege and a vivid, blow-by-blow account of the climactic battle. Drawing on extant Arabic sources as well as untranslated Latin documents, he argues that Acre is notable for technical advances in military planning and siege warfare, and extraordinary for its individual heroism and savage slaughter. A gripping depiction of the crusader era told through its dramatic last moments, The Accursed Tower offers an essential new view on a crucial turning point in world history.

Longlisted for the Historical Writers Association Nonfiction Crown
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Dan B.

I’ve read several of Roger Crowley’s books and 4-5 stars enjoyed them, this is the first one I’ve listened too. So a fair comparison, this is not. I just was totally engaged in the others , perhaps because I read them while vacationing in the Mediterranean and being at or near the described history as opposed to listening before a planned trip to Israel. Listening to someone else read , I was aware of a seeming attempt to lengthen the narrative with apparent repetitious information. Please keep in mind this is his first work I did not actively read myself.

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