• 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
  • Fascinating, authoritative and intelligent


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