The Swords of Faith: A Novel of the Crusades [NOOK Book]

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An epic novel steeped in action, intrigue, and romance. July 1187: the forces of the Muslim sultan known as Saladin have defeated the army of the Kingdom of Jerusalem , allowing Saladin to achieve his lifelong ambition of recapturing the Holy City for Islam. This sets the stage for the Third Crusade: the confrontation between Saladin and the legendary Christian warrior, Richard the Lionheart. Both men believe they are destined by God to lead their holy armies to complete victory. Richard, a legendary warrior with...
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The Swords of Faith: A Novel of the Crusades

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Overview

An epic novel steeped in action, intrigue, and romance. July 1187: the forces of the Muslim sultan known as Saladin have defeated the army of the Kingdom of Jerusalem , allowing Saladin to achieve his lifelong ambition of recapturing the Holy City for Islam. This sets the stage for the Third Crusade: the confrontation between Saladin and the legendary Christian warrior, Richard the Lionheart. Both men believe they are destined by God to lead their holy armies to complete victory. Richard, a legendary warrior with a keen military mind, finds his vow to retake Jerusalem complicated by infighting over succession to the British throne, a rivalry with the French king, and a choice between two potential queens. Meanwhile, Saladin struggles to keep his fractious forces together while remaining true to the noblest principles of Islam. These events are also portrayed through the eyes of two common men: Pierre of Botron is a Christian knight who is captured on the battlefield and subjected to the indignity of slavery. Rashid of Yenbo is a Muslim trader who finds prosperity in Saladin's triumphs. The relationship between Rashid and Pierre offers the possibility that people of good will can overcome polarizing conflicts. As events build toward the Battle of Jaffa, one of the most well-known conflicts of the Crusades, the fates of the characters depend on the choices they make between the compassionate and fanatical aspects of their faiths. The Swords of Faith offers an eye-opening comparison and contrast of the tenets of Christianity and Islam, insights that reverberate into the present day.
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Editorial Reviews

Mirella Patzer
Meticulously researched, the story recounts, in accurate detail, the history of this momentous event in history, from start to its finish. Author Richard Warren Field penned this incredibly story with such a vibrant simplicity that not only engrosses the reader in the plot, but that endears them to its colourful and intriguing characters. ... But the most striking quality of this novel is Field’s ability to build three-dimensional, larger-than-life characters.
Nan Hawthorne
The story follows Saladin's attempt to make the Holy Land Muslim and Richard's drive to retake Jerusalem and reestablish the Christian kingdom. One of the first things I noticed about this novel comes through their separate and opposed quests, and that is the book's skillful rendering of relentless movement towards confrontation accomplished through Field's shift back and forth between the onward progress of the two leaders. I found my heart beating in time with this sense of inevitable clash.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940013977624
  • Publisher: Strider Nolan Media Inc.
  • Publication date: 2/18/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 520
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Richard Warren Field was born in Rochester, New York, and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. His novels include The Swords of Faith, Election, and a novel he co-wrote with chiropractor Dr. Alan Fluger, Dying to Heal. The Swords of Faith was a 2010 WINNER of the Bronze Medal Independent Publisher Book Awards in the category of Historical Military Fiction, FINALIST in the USA Book News Awards for Best Books of 2010 - Historical Fiction, and RUNNER-UP in the 2011 International Book Awards - Historical Fiction.
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