An Uncommon Crusade

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Elisabeth, Simon, and Hugo join an ill-fated commoner's crusade to Jerusalem in search of wealth, glory, and redemption. But their dreams are destroyed when Elisabeth and Simon are sold into slavery and Hugo finds himself adrift at sea.

From the dark forests of thirteenth century Germany, through treacherous alpine passes, to a sprawling estate in Egypt, three lives become linked in a desperate journey.

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Overview

Elisabeth, Simon, and Hugo join an ill-fated commoner's crusade to Jerusalem in search of wealth, glory, and redemption. But their dreams are destroyed when Elisabeth and Simon are sold into slavery and Hugo finds himself adrift at sea.

From the dark forests of thirteenth century Germany, through treacherous alpine passes, to a sprawling estate in Egypt, three lives become linked in a desperate journey.

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Publishers Weekly
Although this novel uses the Children's Crusade of 1212 as its background, it is not a historical chronicle, but a very personal story, with few of the actual political players of the period appearing in a major role. Instead, the story traces the lives of several of the young followers of Nicholas of Cologne as they travel to Jerusalem, and over the years after the Crusade disperses. Each of the characters . . . comes across as bold, rich, and easy to relate to rather than overworked.
Jodi i Thomas
Caron Guillo weaves a rich tapestry with An Uncommon Crusade, ushering you into another time and place with characters you can't help but love. Her unique writing style blends three journeys into a powerful story of understanding, forgiveness, and transformation.
Jack Cavanaugh
In An Uncommon Crusade, Caron Guillo transports her readers back to a time when youthful exuberance died a thousand deaths. Some, however, found faith and courage in defeat. With warmth and humor, Guillo weaves an unforgettable story of hope and perseverance in a cruel and unforgiving world.
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A very powerful story . . . it made me feel a little more human when reading it.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780982937716
  • Publisher: Written World Communications
  • Publication date: 1/4/2011
  • Pages: 410
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.84 (d)

Meet the Author

Hope, humor, faith and transformation infuse Caron's writing. Based on her experiences as a wife, mom, traveler, teacher and spiritual journeyer, she touches readers with genuine warmth and honesty. Caron is a Certified International Tour Manager and leads small group tours to Italy. She also loves hiking, chocolate and big views. Preferably all at once. Find out more about Caron and her writing and speaking at http://caronguillo.com
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  • Posted October 10, 2011

    Loved this book!

    When I first began to read this book, I was apprehensive about the subject, but once I began to read, I was totally drawn into the characters and the story line. I love the descriptions and am anxiously awaiting more titles from this author!!

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  • Posted July 7, 2011

    Great Tale of The Children's Crusade

    I once read an account of the ill-fated children's crusade in the middle ages. A boy, Stephen, believed he had received a vision from God. The vision instructed him to gather all the children of Europe and travel to the Holy land. Believing the innocent hearts of children would defeat the enemy and restore Jerusalem to the Christians, thousands of children traveled across Europe in 1212 with the zeal for this cause. Caron Guillo in her novel An Uncommon Crusade draws from the historical record and her own imagination to bring us this story. Elizabeth, Hugo and Simon are teens who have joined the crusade for various reasons. We travel with them as they care for the children and each one faces their own demons. Growing to adulthood with the consequences of joining this doomed crusade changes their lives forever. Caron paints a believable picture of the time period. The setting may be unfamiliar but the age old story of forgiveness and surrender are not. When I wasn't reading An Uncommon Crusade, I was thinking about the story. That makes it a five star book for me.

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  • Posted April 6, 2011

    A historical tale with lessons for today

    I first encountered Caron Guillo's excerpt as an excerpt in the 2008 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Awards Contest. The story of Elisabeth, a young German girl, struggling to deliver a child gotten on her by rape broke my heart. When a group of children passed her village, Elisabeth's mother urged her to join. Her step-father was contemplating selling her off somehow and Elisabeth believed that going to the Holy Lands was her only hope of redemption for her 'sins.'

    She encounters two fellow crusaders, Simon, who was taken to a monastery and ran away with partial copies of the Holy Texts in his possession. These were writ by his own hand at peril of his life. And Hugo, a large young man who too painfully reminds Elisabeth of her attacker. The three of them form an uneasy alliance and attempt to bring some order to the chaotic camp of youngsters who are following Nicolas of Cologne.

    At Genoa, when Nicolas's promise to part the sea for them to pass fails, the three travel on to Marseilles where they use Simon's texts to purchase passage across the sea from merchants. Hugo is 'drafted' into soldiery, Simon and Elisabeth are sold as slaves to the very Muslims they came to fight.

    While the Children's Crusades are not well documented if they are not legend, the stories of these three young people are beautifully told and hold lessons which have value and strength for today.

    Rebecca Kyle, April 2011

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  • Posted February 18, 2011

    Of Uncommon Character

    Character -- for me to really enjoy a book I must feel as if I'm there, shoulder to shoulder with the characters. I must feel like I truly know the characters, the good and the bad. Nobody wants to spend time with someone who's perfect. Realistic flaws and secondary motivations are often the richest ingredients in a well rendered character. I must feel compelled to root them own, groan when they do the wrong thing, and I expect a certain sadness when I've turned the last page, as if I'm bidding a fond friend farewell.

    Caron Guillo gave me all that in the three main characters of this novel, and I can think of no higher compliment to pay an author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2011

    Excellent!

    Weighty but enjoyable - spiritual but not phony - heartwrenching and heartwarming. Loved it!

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  • Posted January 9, 2011

    You will love this book!

    I just finished reading Caron Guillo's "An Uncommon Crusade". Caron really made the children's crusades of 1212 come alive for me! The depth of her characters, the authenticity of the period, the way I was carried along by the story - I could not put it down. I highly recommend this amazing book to you. I can't wait for your next book, Caron!

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