Overview

The newly established Kingdom of Jerusalem, the Holy City, maintained a shaky equilibrium in its first years of existence starting in 1099 A.D.
The Great Crusade was over, now came the really hard part: solidifying and stabilizing the gains made by four years of pilgrim warfare. Christendom had taken back the Holy Land for the first time in over 500 years, and Jerusalem was the crown jewel.
Pilgrims began immediately flocking to the land of ...
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The Hammer of God

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Overview

The newly established Kingdom of Jerusalem, the Holy City, maintained a shaky equilibrium in its first years of existence starting in 1099 A.D.
The Great Crusade was over, now came the really hard part: solidifying and stabilizing the gains made by four years of pilgrim warfare. Christendom had taken back the Holy Land for the first time in over 500 years, and Jerusalem was the crown jewel.
Pilgrims began immediately flocking to the land of Jesus Christ by the thousands. Some came overland, but most arrive by Sea and flowed through the seaport cities of Ascalon, Jaffa and Caesaria. Their short journey to the Holy City from the seashore meant running a gauntlet of brigands and marauding Saracen mercenaries.
Matthew of Cologne had opted to stay in the Holy Land after the Crusade. He had become an important battle commander for the new King of Jerusalem, Baldwin I, who was the brother of Matthew’s Mentor, Godfrey of Bouillon.
Matthew became close friends with another ex-crusader, Hugh de Payans. Together they would form a religious order that would change the course of Christian History: The Knights Templar.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013763944
  • Publisher: Robert Johnson
  • Publication date: 1/9/2012
  • Series: Crusader Series , #2
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 160
  • File size: 277 KB

Meet the Author

Robert M Johnson has written and self-published 7 previous works of fiction. One of his historical novels, entitled “Jihad 1095 A.D. The First Crusade” arose from his experience at the Grande Chartreuse Monastery in France where he lived for eleven years as a member of the Roman Catholic Carthusian Order. That monastery was founded in the year 1084 A.D. by Bruno of Reims, the advisor to Pope Urban II, who preached the First Crusade in 1095 A.D. Though a work of historical fiction, the storyline follows closely a contemporary eyewitness document in latin, the “Gesta Francorum”. The First or Great Crusade was the only one that conquered and held the Holy City of Jerusalem.
In this new work of historical fiction, “The Hammer of God,” the author follows the adventures young Matthew of Cologne as he pursues his destiny in the Holy Land. Along with Hugh De Payans the founder of the Knights Templar, Matthew serves in the garrison that protects Jerusalem and the nascent Kingdom of Heaven as Palestine was being called. Ther shared experience will lay the foundations of the Military Religious Order later called the Brother Knights of the Temple of Solomon.
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