Pagan's Crusade by Catherine Jinks
Book One of the Pagan Chronicles

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"Jinks's alternately hilarious, often poignant novel turns medieval history into fodder for both high comedy and allegory." — PUBLISHERS WEEKLY (starred review)

Down on his luck and kicked in the pants one too many times, Pagan Kidrouk arrives on the doorstep of the Templar Knights in medieval Jerusalem, looking for work as a squire. Expecting only a respite from life on the street and a few square meals, the sarcastic sixteen-year-old finds himself hard at work for Lord Roland de Bram — a not-so-exciting life of polishing Lord Roland's armor, laundering his garments, and even training to fight by his side. But as the Infidel Saladin leads his army to Jerusalem, it becomes more and more difficult for Pagan and Lord Roland to decide what action to take or whom to trust. Is a bloody battle for control of the Holy City inevitable?

 

About Catherine Jinks

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Catherine Jinks was born November 17, 1963 in Brisbane, Queensland. She received a degree in medieval history from the University of Sydney in 1986. After college, she worked as a journalist and editor before becoming a full-time writer. She has written more than 30 books for both children and adults including Pagan's Vows, Eye to Eye, Piggy in the Middle, The Reformed Vampire Support Group, and The Abused Werewolf Rescue Group. She is also the author of the Pagan Chronicles and Allie's Ghost Hunters series. She has won numerous awards including the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award three times, the Victorian Premier's Literary Award, the Aurealis Award for Science Fiction, the Australian Ibby Award, and the Davitt Award for Crime Fiction.
 
Published January 1, 1993 by Hodder & Stoughton. 246 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, History, Children's Books, Action & Adventure, War. Fiction

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Assigned to Lord Roland Roucy de Bram, a devout, deeply principled knight he quickly dubs “Saint George,” Pagan soon finds himself escorting hilariously modern-sounding tourists on a day trip to the Jordan River, while casting aspersions on his colleagues—“The charm of a dead cow.

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Following Pagan's Crusade , which, according to PW , "turns medieval history into fodder for both high comedy and allegory," this episode traces Pagan and Lord Roland's travels to France, where they are forced to exorcise ghosts from Lord Roland's past.

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Catherine Jinks's Pagan in Exile follows Pagan's Crusade, which, according to PW, ""turns medieval history into fodder for both high comedy and allegory."" Pagan and Lord Roland travel to France in this adventure and are forced to exorcise ghosts from Lord Roland's past in the form of his dup...

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""Jinks turns medieval history into fodder for both high comedy and allegory,"" said PW in a starred review of her Pagan's Crusade, the first of a planned quartet of books.

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My name begins with U—" To the answer, Saint Eusebius , Pagan thinks, "Saint who?") or swapping tips about not-to-be-missed religious landmarks the way soccer moms trade vacation ideas.

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Written from Pagan's point of view and in his own voice, complete with his sarcasm and disdain for those around him, PAGAN'S CRUSADE is an extraordinary book.

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