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The Crusader

(2001)
A novel by

 

"The thinking man's swashbuckler, a ripping yarn that packs a cerebral wallop."
Steven Pressfield


A rousing historical novel of extraordinarily broad appeal, about a Crusader with a heavy heart.

The Year of Our Lord, 1275, Santes Creus monastery, Spain. Brother Lucas, a venal and moderately trustworthy monk, is put in charge of an exorcism. His former fellow acolyte, the brooding and magnetic aristocrat Francisco de Montcada, has returned from the Crusades possessed by demons. If Brother Lucas can drive out the demons, his monastery will be enriched by the Montcada patriarch and he himself will be made a bishop.

Gradually Francisco comes out of his possession, and begins to spin the tale of his crusade: how he set out to free the soul of his dead brother, lost at sea before he could reach the Holy Land; his fierce friendship with his cousin Andres, a mighty warrior with an honest heart; his intense love for Andres's feisty sister, Isabel; the high ideals of Ramon, his battle-hardened commander; and the amoral cruelty of the perfidious Don Fernando, a noble who delights in executing Muslim women and children. The crusaders win a great battle at Toron, taking it back from the Infidel, but at the gigantic fortress Krak des Chevaliers, the key to the Christian position in the Holy Land, the Saracens have laid siege. In the fierce battle to defend the fortress, Francisco will lose everything-including, unless the dodgy Bruther Lucas succeeds, his immortal soul.

The Crusader is a wonderfully crafted novel of knights, torture, romance, religious fervor, vows, quests, sieges, and villainy, told by an author who knows how to make history come to shimmering life.

 
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Hardback Editions

January 2003 : USA Library Binding
Title: Crusader
Author(s): M Eisner
ISBN: 0-613-68329-3 / 978-0-613-68329-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: San Val
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March 2002 : USA Hardback
Title: The Crusader (Thorndike Adventure)
Author(s): Michael Alexander Eisner
ISBN: 0-7862-3991-3 / 978-0-7862-3991-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
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October 2001 : USA Hardback
Title: The Crusader
Author(s): Michael Alexander Eisner
ISBN: 0-385-65873-7 / 978-0-385-65873-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday First Edition
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October 2001 : USA Hardback
Title: The Crusader: A Novel
Author(s): Michael Alexander Eisner
ISBN: 0-385-50281-8 / 978-0-385-50281-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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Paperback Editions

January 2003 : USA Paperback
Title: The Crusader
Author(s): Michael Alexander Eisner
ISBN: 0-385-65931-8 / 978-0-385-65931-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor Canada
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January 2003 : USA Paperback
Title: The Crusader: A Novel
Author(s): Michael Alexander Eisner
ISBN: 0-385-72141-2 / 978-0-385-72141-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Anchor
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January 2003 : USA Paperback
Title: The Crusader
Author(s): Michael Alexander Eisner
ISBN: 0-553-81416-8 / 978-0-553-81416-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Bantam Books (Transworld Publishers a division of the Random House Group)
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January 2002 : USA Paperback
Title: The Crusader
Author(s): Michael Alexander Eisner
ISBN: 0-385-60299-5 / 978-0-385-60299-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Doubleday
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Kindle Editions

June 2011 : Canada Kindle edition
Title: The Crusader
Author(s): Michael Alexander Eisner
Publisher: Doubleday Canada
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July 2010 : UK Kindle edition
Title: The Crusader
Author(s): Michael Alexander Eisner
Publisher: Transworld Digital
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May 2003 : USA Kindle edition
Title: The Crusader: A Novel
Author(s): Michael Eisner
Publisher: Anchor
Availability: Amazon   



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