The Book of the Lion by Michael Cadnum

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A National Book Award nominee!

Returning to the same era of his "In a Dark Wood", Cadnum's majestic novel--part mystery, part history--chronicles the pageantry and brutality of the Crusades under King Richard.

Edmund, a young apprentice, is awaiting punishment as a counterfeiter when a knight intervenes on his behalf--and compels Edmund to join Richard Lionheart's forces in the Holy Land. There, amidst the savagery of the twelfth-century Crusades, Edmund learns both courage and compassion, and discovers that cruelty is sometimes considered the will of Heaven. Set in medieval England and the war-torn shores of the Middle East, Cadnum's tale weaves together a rich tapestry of storms at sea, the brutality of hand-to-hand combat, and one of the classic horse and lance battles in recorded history--the Battle of Arsuf.


About Michael Cadnum

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MICHAEL CADNUM lives in Albany, California. He is the author of many acclaimed titles, including the medieval adventure The Book of the Lion, a National Book Award finalist.
Published October 1, 2001 by Puffin. 208 pages
Genres: Young Adult, War, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Meanwhile, Stratton is haunted by an unseen presence that finally coalesces into a beautiful woman who tells him, ``Your enemies are ours,'' and then vanishes--an apparition soon followed by that of Stratton's dad, eight years dead, who warns his son to ``Accommodate Them.'' Soon after, DeVere is...

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Having seen his master’s arm struck off at the order of the Sheriff of Nottingham, strapping apprentice Edmund is saved from the same fate by Nigel and Rannulf, two knights preparing to follow King Richard to the Holy Land.

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Edmund, a squire, awaits the joint punishment for his master's counterfeiting charges and escapes his fate when a knight asks him to join the Crusades.

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