- Hardcover: 200 pages
- Publisher: Book Sales (July 2003)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0785815678
- ISBN-13: 978-0785815679
- Product Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.1 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 20 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,124,961 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Devil's Horsemen: The Mongol Invasion of Europe Hardcover – July, 2003
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James Chambers was born in Northern Ireland and educated at Harrow and Christ Church, Oxford. After reading for the Bar he researched and wrote documentary film scripts and worked in film production. A life-long interest in military history led to The Devil's Horsemen. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top customer reviews
The power of the Mongol horde was awesome and no one in Europe was able to
stop it. Chambers goes into great detail in explaining the chaos that was Europe in
the 13th Century and how they were unable to deal with the inevitable doom soon to
be visited upon them. Only a fluke event saved Europe from total destruction at the
hands of the Mongols. Read this book and find out how Europe managed to remain Europe.
I only gave it four stars because I did not want anyone to think that this is the be all and end all of books about the Mongols. It is what it is.
The book is just a plain, great read. I read a decent number of history books. Now, most scholars go out of their way to present their case, and back it up with quotes, research, confirming details, archaeology, etc. The reader comes away with a great sense and a fine argument.
This book is history, but it doesn't give supporting details. It is fast and fun to read -- in that respect, it reminds me of Livy or Herodotus!
The lack of supproting material does not necessarily mean he is wrong. I think he is best when speculating on motives, explaining the why's of the mindsets of the leaders of the West and of the Mongols. I actually bought the arguments better than a lot of the scholarly works I read. However, there are clearly times he discusses topics for which his knowledge is inferior as other reviewers have said.
The book is also weird in its subject matter. What exactly is the focus of the book? When I read the first chapters, I thought the book was a de facto tribute to the brillaint general Subudai. But this changes. It also isn't just about the campaigns in the West, but thre is more material about Western Campaigns.
My conclusion is that the author loves the period of time, and is fascinated by the Mongols, and wishes to talk about them. If you want to learn a lot about the period, and really ENJOY reading a book, this is as highly recommended a book as I can think of. If, however, you want history presented with well deveolped arguments and theory, pass.