There are few historical topics that are as captivating and fascinating as the Crusades. There is a recent book on this subject which will hold your interest and is a great read. It is titled The Crusades: The Authoritative History of the War for the Holy Land by Thomas Asbridge. He is a British historian whose book has led to a documentary on the BBC about the Crusades. Asbridge and his fiming crew were able to gain access to the Aqsa Mosque which is the third holiest site in Sunni Islam. It is in Jerusalem and Asbridge saw in its library an original manuscript written by one of Saladin’s closest advisors. Asbridge learned that the Aqsa seved as a public lending library and the people of Jerusalem had actually been able to take this priceless manuscript home with them.