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Whitestreak08 Dec 2019 2:51 p.m. PST

I'm in the midst of reading Dan Jones' book on the Templars

and while the time frame is not something I've really played, this book has piqued my interest in the period.

So, two requests:

Any other books on the time frame that you've enjoyed and don't require a long time enthusiast's knowledge, and that you can recommend.

And, in keeping with the forum, what rules sets, that are currently available, do you prefer? I generally prefer skirmish style games, but other basing could be interesting, considering the era and the knowledge I do have of it.


Personal logo Herkybird Supporting Member of TMP08 Dec 2019 4:51 p.m. PST

Medieval is a great period to get into! If you want to try my free skirmish rules you can download them from this link

advocate09 Dec 2019 3:55 a.m. PST

A lot of people like Lion Rampant for Medieval skirmish games: players command several groups of (IIRC) 6-12 figures, so forces of maybe 24-50 figures per side. Personally I find it a bit random (a failure on the command roll for one group stops all the others for moving). I might be inclined to use the later "Rampant" rules that you can test for each unit. Whatever you do with them, do play the various scenarios provided: they give a good, quick game which isn't just "fight to the death".

wmyers09 Dec 2019 1:29 p.m. PST

As for books, I can wholeheartedly recommend 'Cr.usader King', the story of King Baldwin and the Crusades. Easy to read and well written


When you say "period", that's kind of a hard thing to nail down as the Middle Ages really lasted from, roughly, 500AD to 1500AD. That's a very long period of time.

My recommendation is based upon your interest in crusading orders and 'Crusader King' goes into a lot of detail that many other books never touch on.

'Men of Iron by Howard Pyle is a good fictional account; a classic.

'The Blue Gonfalon at the First Crusade' by Margaret Ann Hubbard


'Where Valour Lies: A Story of the Crusades'


Later period Crusades:

'The Blood Red Crescent' by Henry Garnett


USAFpilot10 Dec 2019 5:21 p.m. PST

Robert E. Howard, creator of Conan, wrote a few short stories which take place during the crusades. Gates of Empire and a few other stories are in an anthology of his work under the title "Sword Women and other historical adventures".

Mithmee10 Dec 2019 6:09 p.m. PST

I would highly recommend anything done by Sharon Kay Penman.

She focus mostly on England but I found her books to be quite good.

Whitestreak10 Dec 2019 7:12 p.m. PST

Thanks for the suggestions, I'll look into them shortly!

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