Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Pope Urban II orders the first crusade.

On this day in 1095, Pope Urban II ordered the first crusade--ordering Christians to reclaim the Holy Land.


Blood Red Horse by KM Grant. Will loves Ellie, but she's betrothed to his older brother. Both brothers are off to the Holy Land on crusade, but Will's horse Hosanna with almost mystical powers. The first in the de Granville trilogy, follow it with Green Jasper.

Troubadour by Mary Hoffman. Bertrand is a troubadour, traveling from castle and castle providing entertainment and warning of the coming crusade. Elinor is a nobleman's daughter, who falls in love with Bertrand and becomes a troubadour in order to find him again. But all around them, there is war as the Pope has called a crusade against the nobles of Southern France (including Elinor's father.)

The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood by Howard Pyle. The classic tale of the outlaws who rob from the rich to give to the poor as a way of righting the wrongs of King Richard-- regent while his brother John was off fighting the Third Crusade.


Scarlet Moon by Debbie Viguie. In this retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, Ruth's grandmother has been banished to the woods--suspected of witchcraft. Ruth visits her whenever she can--an outcast in her village with her muscles and men's clothing. Ever since her brother was killed in the Crusades, Ruth's had to take his place as blacksmith. Ruth knows the woods well-- well enough to fear what's in them.

Keeper of the Grail by Michael Spradlin. Tristan is an orphan living at an abbey when the Knights Templar ride into town. He then becomes a squire to one of the knights and trusted with the task of bringing the Holy Grail back to England. The first in the Youngest Templar series, follow it with Trail of Fate.

Crusades: The Illustrated History edited by Thomas F. Madden. Lavishly illustrated, this is a beautiful introduction to the history of the Crusades.

What books about the Crusades am I missing?

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