Mackay (like a true Victorian) makes history interesting
Because he's tackled something as expansive as The Crusades, Mackay hasn't really written much about the madness behind the mass movement. His textbook-like sketch of how the stage was set for The Crusades, and how the first few disorganized and zealous groups went forth includes frequent mention of how important the eloquence of leaders and the...
The Victorians had a way with historical words
Mackay makes the politics of The Crusades quite interesting, though he takes their madness as a given.