The Crusader by Michael Eisner
A Novel

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A knight possessed by demons, an ambitious monk skilled in exorcism, and a bloody Crusade that ends in a terrible siege lie at the heart of Michael Alexander Eisner’s action-packed medieval adventure of Christian warriors and Muslim infidels in the Holy Land.

Francisco de Montcada, the young Spanish heir to a vast family fortune, returns from the Crusades a gaunt shell of a man, rendered speechless by the horrors he has witnessed. As his friend Brother Lucas draws out his story, Francisco relates a gripping tale of fierce battles, cruel betrayals, and religious zealots. A first-rate novel of disquieting contemporary relevance, The Crusader captures with impressive style and historical authenticity the ghastly deeds men pursue in the name of God.


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About Michael Eisner

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Michael Alexander Eisner is a graduate of Yale Law School. While working on the Middle East peace process for the State Department, he visited Krak des Chevaliers, whose fall in 1271 signalled the end of the crusader states. Inspired, he began writing this novel immediately.From the Trade Paperback edition.
 
Published May 20, 2003 by Anchor. 434 pages
Genres: History, Action & Adventure, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Deftly time-shuffled debut historical set in 13th-century Spain.

May 20 2010 | Read Full Review of The Crusader: A Novel

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This engrossing tale about one Spanish knight's experiences in the Crusades during the latter half of the 13th century is a first-rate historical novel, richly imagined and plainly written. Aft

Sep 10 2001 | Read Full Review of The Crusader: A Novel

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