Pisa, May 1364. Sir William Gold - newly knighted on the battlefield outside the gates of Florence - can look forward to a lucrative career as a sword for hire in the endless warring between Italy's wealthy city states. But when a message comes from Father Pierre de Thomas, Grand Master of the Order of St John - better known as the Hospitallers - Sir William knows he has no choice but to leave his dreams of fame and fortune behind him. Father Pierre is gathering men across Europe for a crusade, and as a donat of the order, Sir William is pledged to serve him. But before setting out for the Holy Land, Sir William and his companions face deadly adversaries closer to home. In the labyrinthine politics of Italy, not only would some cities rather side with the Saracen than their fellow Christians, but there are powerful princes of the church whose ambitions would be better served if the crusade failed - not to mention two of Sir William's bitterest enemies - the maniacal Bourc le Camus, now in the pay of the ruthless Cardinal Robert of Geneva, and the Count D'Herblay, husband of the woman who still holds Sir William's heart. With assassins and conspirators on all sides, Sir William and his band of knights must overcome overwhelming odds - but if they survive, can the crusade be anything more than a suicide mission?
May 1364, Pisa. For the newly knighted Sir William Gold, life is looking good: as a mercenary, a sword for hire, in the never-ending strife between Italy’s wealthy states, the future looks to be paved with gold, until, that is, he receives a message from Father Pierre de Thomas, Papal Legate of the crusade. The priest is amassing a force to go to the Holy Land and Sir William is pledged to serve him, but danger lies closer than he thinks amongst the politics and deadly intrigues of Italy, where there are some cities that would rather side with the Saracen and other powerful princes of the church who would rather the crusade failed. William also has enemies who would like to see him out of the way. Even if he overcomes all these obstacles, the deadly odds of a crusade lie ahead. As gripping a tale as one might expect from one of the masters of the genre.
Publication date: 20/11/2014
Publisher: Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co
|Publication date:||20th November 2014|
|Publisher:||Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co|
|Genres:||Action Adventure / Spy, Historical Fiction,|
Christian Cameron is a writer, re-enactor and military historian. He is a veteran of the United States Navy, where he served as both an aviator and an intelligence officer. He now lives in Toronto with his wife and daughter, where he writes full time. Author photo © Leonard SchlichtingMore About Christian Cameron