James Reston, Jr. is author of Warriors of God: Richard the Lionheart and Saladin in the Third Crusade and a former Fellow at the Woodrow Wilson Center.

The five Crusades in which the West attempted to wrest control of the Holy Land from Arab forces were violent and bloody episodes. The third of these encounters brought Richard the Lionheart into battles against Saladin. James Reston, Jr. describes the effect of this clash of cultures, temperament and heroic leadership.