Swords and Scimitars

Swords and Scimitars

by Linda L. Chaikin, L. L. Chaikin
     
 

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Framed for a murder he didn't commit, Tancred Redwan is a knight torn between his father's Norman blood and the Moorish blood of his mother. Forced to flee for his life, Tancred travels the golden hills of Palermo to the seven jeweled hills of the Byzantine capitol. Caught up in the turbulent events surrounding the Peasant Crusade, he is again forced to make a…  See more details below

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Framed for a murder he didn't commit, Tancred Redwan is a knight torn between his father's Norman blood and the Moorish blood of his mother. Forced to flee for his life, Tancred travels the golden hills of Palermo to the seven jeweled hills of the Byzantine capitol. Caught up in the turbulent events surrounding the Peasant Crusade, he is again forced to make a difficult choice as Christian Europe arms for the First Crusade to rescue the Holy Lands from infidels.

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VOYA - Katharine Kan
In these first two volumes of the Golden Pavilions series, readers find the adventures of two young people caught up in the events of the First Crusade at the end of the eleventh century. Tancred Redwan, half Saxon and half Moorish, is caught in the machinations of relatives on both sides of his family. Falsely accused of murdering his Saxon half-brother, he escapes from Sicily to Constantinople on the trail of the real murderer-his Moorish cousin Mosul. In Constantinople, Helen Lysander, niece of the Byzantine emperor, fights against her evil aunt Irene's schemes to marry her off to Prince Khalid of Antioch. She loves her cousin Philip, Irene's son, but he thinks only of his ambition to rule Byzantium. Tancred and Helena meet and clash, yet she needs him to escape her fate in Antioch and he has been charged by her uncle, Bishop Nicholas, to protect her. Ever mindful of his need to clear his name, and torn between Christianity and Islam, Tancred nevertheless becomes drawn into the Crusade and travels to the Holy Land to fight. The story has a strong Christian tone, with the two main characters spending a lot of time praying and reading the Bible. The plot is chock-full of action and intrigue, and the historical details about the Crusade are accurate. Any reader looking for a rip-roaring read with a touch of chaste romance can enjoy these books. Note: This review was written and published to address two titles: Swords and Scimitars, and Golden Palaces. VOYA Codes: 3Q 3P S (Readable without serious defects, Will appeal with pushing, Senior High-defined as grades 10 to 12).

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780786212361
Publisher:
Macmillan Library Reference
Publication date:
11/28/1997
Series:
Christian Fiction Series
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
430
Product dimensions:
5.73(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.99(d)

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