Hunted by demons.
Lost in time.
Welcome to the First Crusade.
If you love books full of dark magic, bloody warfare, and star-crossed love, then you’ll be spellbound by this sweeping historical fantasy!
Galien de Coudre, scholarly third son in a family of minor nobility, comes of age in the perilous world of late 11th century France, where powerful noblemen massacre the other and innocents in unending petty warfare over lands and silver, despite the efforts of the Church to control their violence.
The Boterels of Brittany effectively won the Battle of Hastings for William the Conqueror. Over the next century, the Boterel men stayed close to the king and prospered, sometimes through military support: sometimes through much more personal services - and they don't get much more personal! And the family spread in England and France - one line being the ancestors of George Washington!
The First Crusade - A Call to Arms.
Brutal, bloody and short; life in 1096 turns more deadly when Christianity confronts Islam with the First Crusade. As French siege engineer Serge Lescot perfects his Trebuchet, a sensual but dangerous young woman emerges from Arabia. Massacre ensues when East meets West yet one man and one woman must cross the divide between faith and love, and survive.
Jerusalem today is a divided city, between the three great "Abrahamic religions" of Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
Resurgent Islam remembers poignantly the massacre of Muslims perpetrated by Christian "holy war" during the First Crusade. Caught between the two warring faiths, then and now, the Jews have merely sought to survive.
This is about that three-sided story....
The Crusades were a series of military campaigns undertaken by Western European countries between the 11th and 16th century. Originally called by the Pope of the Catholic Church, the stated first goal was to take up the cross and restore Christian control over the Holy Land (namely Jerusalem). In total Western Europe engaged in over 10 crusades, though not all were for this original purpose.
Dragon-slayer, English hero, martyr, warrior, soldier and saint — St George has been all these things. But who was the real St George?
This fascinating book draws on the most recent academic research into folklore and legends to put together an accurate account of St George’s original life story, and how he has developed in folklore and legend to become what he is today.