BOOK REVIEW: The First Crusade
by Steven Runciman.
This 1980 book offered an abridged version of the three-volume 1951 work and provided the political and religious intrigue behind the crusade. Battle descriptions were truncated, but at least it noted a full range of actions to choose from if you wanted to do more research for tabletop skirmishes, sieges, and full battles. Well illustrated with b/w drawings and photos throughout with some color (mostly illustrations from illuminated manuscripts -- nice touch).
Slow in the beginning but ultimately enjoyed it.