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Book Review

Envoy of Jerusalem Book Cover

Author Helena Schrader’s third novel, ‘Envoy of Jerusalem’, is set to be released sometime this summer. I’ve been Helena’s beta reader for almost two years; I’ve helped her with all three Balian novels, but I’m still excited for this new release. As customary for Helena, prior to each novel’s release, she gets three different book … Continue reading »

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Interview With Helena Schrader: Author of ‘Defender of Jerusalem’

1. Tell us about your latest release, ‘Defender of Jerusalem’. “Defender of Jerusalem” is the second book in my three-part biographical novel about Balian d’Ibelin. It covers the historically significant last decade leading up to the devastating defeat of the Christian army at the Battle of Hattin and the fall of Jerusalem in 1187. The … Continue reading »

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Book Review: ‘The Leper King and his Heirs’ by Bernard Hamilton

Book review by co-contributor Helena Schrader. This is an excellent, detailed and well-documented account of the crusader kingdom of Jerusalem in the late 12th century. It focuses on the quarter century of Baldwin IV’s life span, 1161 to 1186. This was a particularly critical period in the history of the crusader kingdom, and Hamilton’s book … Continue reading »

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The Holy Lance: A Review

This is a review of Author Andrew Latham’s latest release, The Holy Lance. Review written by Helena Schrader. Finally! A book that describes the Templars as they really were: devout Catholic fighting men, rather than as fantasy creatures and costumed, modern myths.  Andrew Latham has with this comparatively short, action-packed book done the much-maligned Order of … Continue reading »

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Book Review: Walking Corpses: Leprosy in Byzantium and the Medieval West

This is a book review of Timothy S. Miller’s and John W. Nesbitt’s book,  Walking Corpses: Leprosy in Byzantium and the Medieval West. Review by Helena Schrader. This is an important scholarly work on the treatment of lepers in the Middle Ages. It covers everything from theories on the causes of leprosy to the administration … Continue reading »

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