By Harold Lamb
Beset by means of enemies on each part and torn by way of inner divisions, the crusader kingdoms have been a hotbed of intrigue, the place your maximum best friend will be your traditional enemy. simply because lives and kingdoms frequently rested at the fringe of a sword blade, it was once a time while a daring middle and a gradual hand might see you far—so lengthy as you suspect your back. Here, for the 1st time, are all seventeen of Harold Lamb’s uncollected crusader tales in a single quantity. learn now of the autumn of kingdoms and the destiny of doomed males, of determined battles and courageous comrades, of sensible maids and scheming nobles. subscribe to Nial O’Gordon, a tender crusader driving deep into Asia to fail to remember his prior. enterprise forth with Sir Robert of Antioch to pass blades with the Mongol hordes. sign up for King Richard the Lionhearted for his final conflict. Stand enterprise beside Sir John and his Arab buddy Khalil opposed to a band of traitors. And sail out with Michael Bearn on a venture of vengeance, as he dangers his existence to deliver down a sultan and his state. (20090306)
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