1072 - England is firmly under the heel of its new Norman rulers.
The few survivors of the English resistance look to Edgar the Atheling, the rightful heir to the English throne, to overthrow William the Conqueror. Years of intrigue and vicious civil war follow: brother against brother, family against family, friend against friend.
In the face of chaos and death, Edgar and his allies form a secret brotherhood, pledging to fight for justice and freedom wherever they are denied. But soon they are called to fight for an even greater cause: the plight of the Holy Land.
Embarking on the epic First Crusade to recapture Jerusalem, together they will participate in some of the cruellest battles the world has ever known, the savage Siege of Antioch and the brutal Fall of Jerusalem, and together they will fight to the death.
"I found Crusade as irresistible as I found Conquest. It's a wonderful continuation of the story of the English struggling under Norman rule. There is a bigger cast of fascinating central characters including two strong women. Their adventures to the First Crusade and back are not only compelling, they are also very emotional and even brought me to tears on occasions. Binns' stories are a terrific mix of history and human drama. Like Conquest, I highly recommend Crusade - a real page-turner!"
Celia Sandys: Author, presenter and granddaughter of Winston Churchill
“Crusade by Stewart Binns – really great – loving it! Well done.”
Donal MacIntyre: Investigaive Journalist & Broadcaster
"A book that for the first time ever made me stop and wonder why are the British reserved, why are they also adventurous, where does our mix of national make up come from, what forged this great nation. Crusade goes one better and shows you the first founding layers of the type of people being created by the amalgamation of all these races and ideals and personalities.
I think Hereward = Druss. I'm not sure if that made me love it more, but I suddenly saw in Hereward the same ideals, the same blunt honesty, the same brotherhood, the same implacable killer if he had to be, but ultimately a man who just wanted the world to be better. It brought to life a period of history again I knew little to nothing about. That makes it a winner for me!”
Robin Carter: Parmenion Books
“What Stewart presents is a story of heroism, one of high ideals and whilst taking the reader on the crusades, he also manages to intertwine the fates of so many within the pages. Add to this solid prose, a decent understanding of pace and when added to a wide story arc, generates a story that will have many gripped within its fist to the final page.”
“I would like to extend my thanks to Stewart Binns for his book Crusade and the feeling of a child at Christmas every time I picked the book up to read in the last few days. You made me love, you made me grieve, you made me smile and you managed to generate sympathy inside of me, correct or not, for William’s son Robert as not just a weak and incompetent ruler. Thank you for the best work of fiction I have read so far in my life.”
“Having just finished Conquest and Crusade back to back I may have found my new favourite author!! Bernard Cornwall and Valerio Massimo Manfredi are going to have to go some to beat these!”
"English history woven into a spell binding novel has been transformed by this man into one of the best books I have read, that sits on my bedside table.If you read this, you have to wonder why our history is not taught fully in the classroom to our children. I defy anyone to tell me that this book, that offers the reader travel, intrigue, plots and warfare along with human relationships which bonds groups of people together for life, is not worthy of the attention of everyone born in England and indeed other countries too.
A wonderful book with a terrific storyline that will enthrall the reader.”
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