Jerusalem by Cecelia Holland

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A dazzling recreation of the Crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem captures the religious passions and political intriques of the Holy Land in A.D. 1187, as seen through the eyes of Rannulf Fitzwilliam, a Knight Templar who loves the princess Sibylla. By the author of The Bear Flag. 50,000 first printing. $50,000 ad/promo.

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Born in Henderson, Nevada, Cecelia Holland was educated at Pennsylvania State University and Connecticut College, where she received her B.A. degree. She has served as a visiting professor of English at Connecticut College since 1979. Holland's historical novels have received broad critical acclaim. According to one critic, she "proves that there can be more to historical thrillers than swordplay and seduction." (Time) Among her novels is City of God (1979), which is set in Rome during the period of the Borgia family. Told from the point of view of Nicolas, a secretary to the Florentine ambassador to Rome, this novel brings to life the period of the Renaissance, including the political intrigue that characterized Rome at the time. Other works include Until the Sun Falls (1969), a story of the ancient Mongols and their empire, The Firedrake (1966), her first published novel, Great Maria (1974), The Bear Flag (1990), and Pacific Street (1991). Holland is very adept at capturing the period she writes about, including the clothing, furnishings, and customs of the time. One critic has noted that Holland "is never guilty of the fatuity which plagues most historical fiction: she never nudges the reader into agreeing that folks way back then were really just like you and me, only they bathed less often.
Published January 1, 1996 by Forge. 318 pages
Genres: History, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The leper king of Jerusalem, meanwhile, Baudouin (Baldwin IV), is wise and brave, but he hasn't long to live, and his dearly loved sister Sibylla feels she's destined to be Queen of Jerusalem.

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Publishers Weekly

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Veteran historical novelist Holland (Pacific Street; The Bear Flag) can be depended on for a rousing story buttressed by assiduous research. In her 21st venture, she applies her considerable talents t

Jan 01 1996 | Read Full Review of Jerusalem

The Guardian

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Rubicon, by Tom Holland, read by Andrew Sachs (5½hrs abridged, Hachette, £17.99) At dinner on the evening of March 14 44BC, someone asked Julius Caesar: "What is the sweetest kind of death?"

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A pair of battles bookend the tale and typify the religious and cultural conflict of the era: the narrative begins with the Christian victory at Ascalon and ends with the Muslim victory at the Battle of Hattin.

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The Telegraph

That Sebag Montefiore himself is Jewish is hardly something he would have wished to veil: Sir Moses Montefiore, a key 19th-century sponsor of Jerusalem, is a major presence in the narrative, and there is even room in a proud footnote for a Sebag Montefiore.

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