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Thurstan, a young Norman and would-be Knight at the Court of King Roger in Palermo, has been in love since boyhood with Lady Alicia, now returned a widow from the Holy Land. At the same time, he is enthralled by the earthy sensuality of the dancer, Nesrin, whose troupe he brings to Court to dance for the King. In a compelling tale of love, passion, intrigue and treachery, Thurstan finds himself caught in a tangle of plots, counter-plots and deceptions that threaten to destroy him.
Set in twelfth-century Sicily against the backdrop of the Crusades, Barry Unsworthâ€™s brilliant new novel tells the story of how the war between Islam and Christendom impinges on both Thurstanâ€™s mind and his heart. His journey towards freedom and love, driven along by the forces of history in the making, is both moving and unforgettable.
Closing date: 19/04/2020
Publication date: 07/09/2006
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
|Publication date:||7th September 2006|
|Publisher:||Penguin Books Ltd|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Literary Fiction,|
Barry Unsworth was born in 1930 in a mining village in Durham, and he attended Stockton-on-Tees Grammar School and Manchester University. He has spent a number of years in the Eastern Mediterranean area and has taught English in Athens and Istanbul. He now lives in Italy. His first novel, The Partnership, was published in 1966. This was followed by The Greeks Have a Word for It (1967); The Hide (1970); Mooncranker's Gift, which received the Heinemann Award for 1973; Pascali's Island, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1980 and has been filmed; Stone Virgin (1985); Sugar and Rum (1990); The Rage of the Vulture (1991); Sacred Hunger, ...More About Barry Unsworth