Templar's Acre

Templar's Acre

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by Michael Jecks
     
 

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The Holy Land, 1291.A war has been raging across these lands for decades. The forces of the Crusaders have been pushed back again and again by the Muslims and now just one city remains in Crusader control. That one city stands between the past and the future. One city which must be defended at all costs. That city is Acre.

And into this battle where men will fight

Overview

The Holy Land, 1291.A war has been raging across these lands for decades. The forces of the Crusaders have been pushed back again and again by the Muslims and now just one city remains in Crusader control. That one city stands between the past and the future. One city which must be defended at all costs. That city is Acre.

And into this battle where men will fight to the death to defend their city comes a young boy. Green and scared, he has never seen battle before. But he is on the run from a dark past and he has no choice but to stay. And to stay means to fight. That boy is Baldwin de Furnshill.

This is the story of the siege of Acre, and of the moment Baldwin first charged into battle.

This is just the beginning. The rest is history.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
09/30/2013
Jecks's stirring 32nd Knights Templar mystery, a prequel, takes series hero Baldwin de Furnshill back to his beginnings for what may well be the knight's final adventure, according to an author's note. In 1291, war between Christians and Muslims has been raging in the Holy Land for many years; the only city that remains under Crusader control is Acre. At age 16, Baldwin de Furnshill, has his first taste of battle when the ship carrying him and other pilgrims to the Holy Land is attacked by enemy vessels. Once in Acre, Baldwin joins the fight to prevent the Muslims from taking over the city. The tender relationship between Baldwin and the love of his life, the slave Lucia, provides some needed relief from the brutality and the slaughter. New readers will want to seek out other books in the series, while established fans will find this a thoughtful and touching conclusion. (Nov.)
From the Publisher

"Jecks once again brings early 14th-century England to life with his encyclopedic knowledge of the period. . . . Series fans will eagerly await the sequel."  —Publishers Weekly on King's Gold

"Jecks once again captures the spirit of the period with another exciting visit to 14th-century England."  —Publishers Weekly on The Bishop Must Die

“New readers will want to seek out other books in the series, while established fans will find this a thoughtful and touching conclusion.” —Publishers Weekly

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780857205193
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster UK
Publication date:
04/01/2014
Series:
Knights Templar
Pages:
576
Sales rank:
389,130
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.60(d)

Meet the Author

Michael Jecks gave up a career in the computer industry to concentrate on writing and the study of medieval history. A regular speaker at library and literary events, he is a past Chairman of the Crime Writers' Association. He lives with his wife, children, and dogs in northern Dartmoor.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This title is a prequel to the original series but can be read independently of knowing the series. If you do know the series, it is "icing on the cake." Jecks has never failed me as a first class author in historical mystery fiction (and other genre). His historical research is from primary sources and thereupon he weaves wonderful tales with grand characters. I have just about everything Jecks has writtern and still want more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
sorry that the author is going to be taking a vacation from writing the Templar series. Going to miss the characters.
MysM More than 1 year ago
After writing 31 Knights Templar Adventures featuring Sir Baldwin de Furnhill and his sidekick, Simon Puttock, Michael Jecks has written a prequel to the series as a (temporary, we hope) farewell while he works on other endeavours which include his trilogy of Hundred Years War stories which began with Fields of Glory, published in 2014. Templar's Acre begins with Baldwin, a seasoned warrior of age 17, wounded and on board a ship escaping the over-run city of Acre lost to the Muslims under Sultan al-Malik al-Ashraf Salah al-Din Khalil ibn Qalawun.  Jecks then takes us to the beginning of Baldwin's journey as he comes to the Holy Land to help retake Jerusalem to redeem himself after committing a murder at home in Devon.  He loses everything to pirates as he nears his goal, is befriended by the horsemaster who supplied mounts to the Templars, and quickly in need of his protection as the naïve young man is easily taken advantage of at first.  Baldwin develops some good friendships under Ivo's protection, falls in love, and develops new sword skills which will help him in the coming battle.  But he also makes some serious enemies. It's the spring of 1290.  Tripoli has been crushed, and Acre is the last Christian stronghold.  It is a city percolating with thriving merchants, tradesmen, peasants, taverns, churches, and people of various European cities as well as Muslims.  Newly arrived pilgrims and soldiers of the cross are often undisciplined and lack an understanding of the city.  They get into brawls and assume anyone with a beard, dark skin, and dressed in strange clothes are the enemy and they spread through the city leaving the carnage of Christians, Jews, and Muslims alike behind them.  This is the end of an already uncertain peace with Qalawun. The following spring, Baldwin has lost his love, the city is full of squabbles and tensions as to whether to prepare for war or to go on about their business as usual, and the city needs much reinforcement of its walls and towers.   By the time the enemy comes, Baldwin is strong, brave, and now a seasoned captain of a troop of twenty (a vintaine -- love the glossary at the front of the book), knighted for saving the life of Templar Marshall, Geoffrey de Vendac, and has rescued his love, a Muslim slave who had been beaten and sent to a farm by her mistress on suspicion of telling her business to Baldwin. This is a book of great adventure with spies, warriors, traitors, cowards, and heroes.  Even among the Templars and Hospitallers, there are those with personal motives and agendas.  In his many scuffles and encounters, we see Baldwin change from a callow youth to a skillful captain with an eye for strategy and a concern for his friends, men-at-arms, and those citizens in need of protection.  Jecks is thoroughly versed in medieval warfare and is able to describe the war machines, and the hand-to-hand combat with all the danger and excitement they generated.  We experience the sights, sounds, and smells of the massive trebuchet languidly sending its devil pots of Greek fire into the streets and its rocks pounding into the city walls with chards of rock flying everywhere.   We see the terror of the knights, as well as the citizens, as the sultan's army approaches, "a seething mass of men, and horses, and machines, all crawling along from the south like a massive black centipede, seemingly flat against the ground. . . a vast malevolent creature." Templar's Acre is a great, thick book, but it is a compelling read that took me a little under two days.  It's a departure from the murder mysteries this series is known for but a departure that filled a gap and was full of a different kind of adventure in an exotic setting with strange and unusual characters, all of whom lent their own authenticity to the story.  Cast of characters and maps of the city and area are included at the front.  I look forward to reading Jecks' other books but will wait with some impatience for him to return to give us another medieval murder featuring Sir Baldwin and Simon Puttock.
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