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Hollywood made him a blacksmith; Arab chronicles said he was "like a king." He served a leper, but defied Richard the Lionheart. He fought Saladin to a standstill, yet retained his respect. Rather than dally with a princess, he married a dowager queen—and founded a dynasty. He was a warrior and a diplomat both: Balian d’Ibelin Balian has survived the devastating defeat onHollywood made him a blacksmith; Arab chronicles said he was "like a king." He served a leper, but defied Richard the Lionheart. He fought Saladin to a standstill, yet retained his respect. Rather than dally with a princess, he married a dowager queen—and founded a dynasty. He was a warrior and a diplomat both: Balian d’Ibelin Balian has survived the devastating defeat on the Horns of Hattin, and walked away a free man after the surrender of Jerusalem, but he is baron of nothing in a kingdom that no longer exists. Haunted by the tens of thousands of Christians now enslaved by Saladin, he is determined to regain what has been lost. The arrival of a vast crusading army under the soon-to-be-legendary Richard the Lionheart offers hope -- but also conflict, as natives and crusaders clash and French and English quarrel. This is Part III of a biographical novel about Balian d'Ibelin. The first two books in the series, Knight of Jerusalem and Defender of Jerusalem, were both BRAG Medallion honorees. Defender of Jerusalem won the 2016 Chaucer Award for Historical Fiction set in the Middle Ages and was also awarded the Silver (second place) for Spiritual/Religious Fiction in the 2016 Feathered Quill Book Awards. It was a finalist for the 2016 M.M. Bennetts Award for Historical Fiction. About the Author Award-winning novelist Helena P. Schrader has a PhD in history. She has published nonfiction books on the German resistance to Hitler, the Berlin airlift, and women in aviation in World War II. Her novels are set in ancient Sparta, the Crusades, and WWII. Visit her website, helenapschrader.com, for more information and reviews of her publications. Helena is a career diplomat currently serving in Africa. For more about the crusader kingdoms, visit defenderofjerusalem.com or follow her blog: defendingcrusaderkingdoms.blogspot.com....

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  • Paul Copenhagen
    2018-10-22 18:54

    In this work by author Dr. Helena Schrader, her storytelling weaves through the events of Balian d'Ibelin's life to provide a compelling biopic into the life of one of the most influential crusaders of his age.The characterization and description of the times not only proves a gripping and immersive read, but an educational one as well, as the author draws on her vast knowledge of the period and people to make her novel truly accurate.A must read!

  • Joseph Scott Amis
    2018-10-25 19:12

    Envoy of Jerusalem, third volume in Dr. Helena Schrader’s superlative Jerusalem trilogy, opens in the first week of October 1187, on a distinctly bleak note. Three months after the disastrous Battle of Hattin and ensuing onslaught of Salah ad-Din, displaced fighting men gathered in a shabby tavern behind the walls of Tyre, the last Crusader stronghold remaining in Christian hands, take a bitter potion with their ale: the fall of Jerusalem to the Sultan. In that city, holiest to Christendom, thirty thousand women and children, elderly, and poor spared on the strength of the heroic Balian d’Ibelin’s hard negotiations desperately scramble to meet the Sultan’s price of ransom from a fate worse than death, a lifetime as slaves forever lost in the far-flung Islamic world.Little is to be gained by further summarizing the story. Suffice to say Balian d’Ibelin and his wife, the Dowager Queen Maria Zoe Comnena, continue their leading roles in this vast, immersive, and well-told tale of the tumultuous events in the Holy Land preceding, over the course of, and after the Third Crusade. For review purposes, most pertinent is Dr. Schrader’s continuing success in translating her encyclopedic knowledge of the Crusader States and her proven abilities as a purely creative writer into works of high literary and historical value. As in the previous two volumes, a convincingly evocative sense of physical environment marks every setting. In Envoy, a kingdom ninety years in its building lying ravaged, fallow, and desolate in the wake of Salah ad-Din’s armies, remains hauntingly poignant in memory. Action, be it a meeting among dissenting hot-tempered barons, cruel words between husband and wife, or an all-out blood-splattered battle on land or sea, is vividly shown with a sure hand for all aspects, verbal, emotive, and physical. In characterization, Balian d’Ibelin faces a formidable challenge to his leading role with the show-stealing Richard I Couer de Lion, capably portrayed as a great king, leader, and warrior who yet shows human strengths and failings, whose deeds and persona match the historical record, and is worthy of his legendary status.As known to serious students and scholars of the Middle Ages, women in High Medieval Europe and its transplanted culture in the Crusader States were most decidedly not a class of downtrodden beings, solely present to be used by men as sexual toys, heir factories, or currency. In her numerous and extensive characterizations of women of all social stations, Dr. Schrader strictly avoids the clichés of modernist feminism, as well as the common ‘medieval’ stereotypes regularly seen in historical fiction. Consequently, her female characters stand in strong and authentic contrast to these too often seen typecasts. She doesn’t neglect to sharply illustrate the wide disparities between the status and treatment of women in the Christian and Islamic cultures of the time.Envoy of Jerusalem continues at the same compelling, page-turning pace established in Knight of Jerusalem and Defender of Jerusalem, not relenting until the conclusion of the final scene. Also, like these preceding volumes, Dr. Schrader’s unfailing attention to the complexities of the historical and environmental frameworks make careful reading an agreeable necessity. The extensive supplementary materials: genealogical charts, maps, introduction, historical afterward and notes, and the glossary and list of additional reading, are easily accessible, and contain answers to any questions that might arise. In themselves, these well written and organized resources provide ample evidence of the author’s scholarly qualifications and standards.In conclusion, Envoy of Jerusalem stands alone as captivating and entertaining, as well as scholarly and far-reaching in scope and intent. As a complete work, the Jerusalem trilogy represents an outstanding achievement; a literary oeuvre constructed in keeping with the highest academic principles for research and verifiable accuracy.

  • Chanticleer EditorialBook Reviews
    2018-11-11 14:11

    A page turner that pulls back the curtains on history, Envoy of Jerusalem reveals a vivid cast of characters and an intriguing account of the 12th century Crusades-- a well-researched and compelling tribute. Fans and readers of historical fiction will find this work immensely satisfying.This is the third and final installment in a series of three books Schrader has written with the Crusades as her backdrop. This third volume begins in 1187 after the Christian armies have just suffered defeat at the hands of the enemy. To make matters worse they have lost Jerusalem and the mood is defeatist and gloomy. The story once more centers on the author’s heroic figure of Balian Ibelin, as well as his family and entourage. A quick search of history reveals that Balian is an actual historic figure who lived from 1143 to 1193. I thoroughly enjoyed Schrader’s thoughtful and vivid portrayal of Balian d’Ibelin.Envoy of Jerusalem is a perfect bookend to Schrader’s epic trilogy on this period in Christiandom’s history. As with the other two volumes, Helena’s masterful writing leads readers deeper into the intriguing storyline as each page turns. She sprinkles a huge cast of characters throughout, and breathes life into each one making them seem as if they will walk right off the pages. Her descriptive detail of each scene makes the reader feel as if s(he) is right there--an eyewitness to history in the making in this sweeping epic.History truly does come alive in this series. The Crusades were one of the most harrowing times in the early Middle Ages—kingdoms were at stake and religions were galvanizing, and future trade routes were in the making. The Crusades were a struggle both physically and financially as well. Whether they were effective or even necessary are still debated by historians. Yet one thing is certain: They left an undeniable mark on the course of human history. Very real battles occurred that affected very real people. Author Helena Schrader brings the human factor to the forefront in "Envoy of Jerusalem."Yet action abounds as well, as it is a story with a major military conflict as its focal point, along with political intrigue, noble family dynamics, and power plays that that will pull readers in and won’t let them go. In short, Envoy of Jerusalem effectively takes on the tumultuous times surrounding the Third Crusade with the Holy Land as its setting, and Schrader portrays multiple aspects of life of this time and place vividly while maintaining historical accuracy.All of these inner workings of a massive military push are dealt with in this series of books that build up to the grand finale in Envoy of Jerusalem. It takes a very skilled author to take a topic as dense as the Crusades into a compelling read of well-researched historical fiction. Helena Schrader pulls it off with flying colors. Her success lies in the development of the characters.

  • Kate Joekel
    2018-11-07 19:01

    Dramatic and engrossing depiction of the CrusadeThird in the series this thrilling account of King Richard the Lionhearts Crusade along with the continuation of Balian Ibilen's and his families story. This book is a combination of non-stop action interspersed with the very human element that is often overlooked in historical fiction. I especially appreciated the fact that the s author included the stories of the slaves before and after redemption. I was basically familiar with the historical figures portrayed, but had never really considered the lives of the 'regular folks' like you and me. I also appreciated the heroic actions of men and women who sacrificed their own wealth and security for others.There was a time many years ago when I was at University when we were encouraged debunk heroes. I say enough! It is time we hold up heroic deeds and words. This world and it's people need inspiration, and I personally found this series and this book in particular inspiring.

  • Natalie
    2018-11-15 12:07

    this series is a page turner but also educates and inspires curiosity along the way - i appreciate the research that goes into each book.the afterward, glossary, and reading lists bring the reader closer to the details underpinning the character's lives, the time and it's tangled histories. I only wish this book had campaign travel and occupation maps, a timeline, and some family trees. Maybe a collector's edition set could include such extras some time in future .These stories would make for an epic miniseries with equestrian scenes, intrigue, romance, action and sets that would keep viewers glued to their screens - what a rich time period, told here through Ibelin's story in a way that structures events into a dramatic family narrative that rises and falls holding the reader's interest through what casual students of history or even the avidly curious may have found before to be impenetrable digests of changing leadership and lands lost and won .

  • Alcibiades
    2018-11-11 13:48

    Fantastic historical novel. I read all three books of the trilogy in a row. I am now reading the sequel “Crusader Kingdom”.

  • Philip Bailey
    2018-10-21 17:02

    Knight of Jerusalem by Helena P. SchraderDefender of Jerusalem by Helena P. SchraderEnvoy of Jerusalem by Helena P. SchraderThe year 1171, in Jerusalem. Here the trilogy starts. Just over 1350 pages for all three books but without a second guess the best historical fiction I have read. The author skillfully blends fiction as needed to make this a novel and readily states what is fact and what is fiction. Centered around the figure of Balian d’Ibelin and Salah ad-Din, better known as Saladin, but referred to throughout the trilogy as Salah ad-Din, full name was An-Nasir Salah ad-Din Yusuf ibn Ayyub, (spare me). Most interesting was my introduction to figures I have never heard of or have heard about but forgotten. Balian himself, the Leper King (Baldwin IV), and his family, including Sibylla, the Queen of Jerusalem whose marriage to Guy of Lusigan, making him King of Jerusalem and despised by almost everyone, all strangers to me, but all verifiable by any website search. The story is about the battles for the control of Jerusalem and the surrounding areas, places familiar in today’s world. The Crusades are described in some detail but not in information overload, rather about the methods and the weapons, as well as how captives were dealt with. The harsh desert conditions are described and certainly figured in to the times as Richard the Lion Hearted, and fighters from England, France, Germany, Denmark and other more northern habitats faced the dry hot locale. Surprisingly to me is the similarity between modern day accounts of the brutality ISIS and the forces of Salah ad-Din. The overall story is so much more than the details of the Crusades, as the figures and the lives, the relationships and the personalities, the role of the Knights Templars and the Knights Hospitallers, as well as the involvement of religious leaders. Of some surprise to me was the amount of wealth at the time and of no surprise was the descriptions of personal characteristics, both good and bad, not unlike people today. It would take me more time than I should spare to do justice this trilogy but I would urge anyone with interest in the Crusades or Mideast history to read this series of novels. The description of the Holy sites of Jerusalem readily call to mind the image for anyone who has been there. This book was a recommendation by an author I consider very talented, how could I go wrong? FYI, Helena P. Schrader has inspired me to the point I have purchased the three novels of the Leonidas of Sparta series also by Helena P. Schrader

  • Helena Schrader
    2018-11-04 18:06

    Balian d'Ibelin, the hero of Ridley Scott's film "The Kingdom of Heaven," was a historical figure and is the subject of a three part biography by Helena P. Schrader. While the Hollywood Balian was born a bastard, by trade a blacksmith, dallies with a princess and returns to obscurity in France after the fall of Jerusalem, the historical Balian was the legitimate son of a baron of Jerusalem, born in the Holy Land, the husband of the Dowager Queen of Jerusalem, a member of the High Court, and Richard the Lionheart's ambassador to Saladin. For readers tired of cliches, cartoons and fantasy, Schrader's novel provides refreshing insights into everyday life in the late 12th century crusader states based on meticulous research combined with common sense. Rich in complex characters, "Envoy of Jerusalem," brings history to life and provides psychologically sound explanations for developments in place of villains and supermen. "Envoy of Jerusalem" covers the critical five years between the fall of Jerusalem to the end of the Third Crusade. When the novel opens, Balian has survived the devastating defeat of the Christian army on the Horns of Hattin, and walked away a free man after the surrender of Jerusalem, but he is baron of nothing in a kingdom that no longer exists. Haunted by the tens of thousands of Christians captives now in Saracen slavery, Balian is determined to regain what has been lost. The arrival of a vast crusading army under the soon-to-be-legendary Richard the Lionheart offers hope - but also conflict as natives and crusaders clash and French and English quarrel.This novel follows the fate not just of kings and barons, but also knights, squires, sailors and tradesmen. It particularly focuses on the horrific impact of a lost war on women - many of whom were condemned to slavery and prostitution in the wake of defeat. "Envoy of Jerusalem" portrays the clash of cultures between the natives of the Holy Land and the crusaders. Unusually, the Third Crusade is described through the eyes of the men and women who called the Holy Land "home," rather than those that came out from the West, while Richard the Lionheart is shown as a man of many parts, rather than a brute, buffoon or paragon of virtue.Last but not least, "Envoy of Jerusalem" explores the crisis in faith that the fall of Jerusalem produced among Christians of the period. The characters struggle with understanding the will of God and their individual role and place in the presumed divine plan.

  • Linda
    2018-11-04 14:57

    I thoroughly enjoyed the story, which is based on the details we know of the historical character with some extra material to pad out the story and make it more readable. There is lots of action and a lot of information about the Kingdom of Jerusalem just before and during the Third Crusade . However I had a bit of difficulty with the e-version of the novel because it was difficult to tell where I actually was in the novel. There is a lot of front matter, maps etc before the story begins and the contents for the story are not divided at all and then there is a lot of historical detail after the end of the story, which was nice to read but maybe a bit much. In today's world, if someone is interested in the history behind a story, they can easily look it up for themselves and I think that would have suited me better.

  • Paul Copenhagen
    2018-11-02 10:43

    In this work by author Dr. Helena Schrader, her storytelling weaves through the events of Balian d'Ibelin's life to provide a compelling biopic into the life of one of the most influential crusaders of his age.The characterization and description of the times not only proves a gripping and immersive read, but an educational one as well, as the author draws on her vast knowledge of the period and people to make her novel truly accurate.A must read!

  • Indiebrag
    2018-11-03 17:43

    We are proud to announce that ENVOY OF JERUSALEM by Helena P. Schrader is a B.R.A.G.Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!

  • Heidi
    2018-11-03 11:13

    A very captivating read set during the Crusades in the 12th century. Read my official OnlineBookClub review here:http://forums.onlinebookclub.org/view...

  • Helena Schrader
    2018-11-10 13:00