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The Holy Lance The year is A daring counterattack against the Saracens last ditch effort to relieve the besieged city of Acre has not only saved the Christian host from a fatal defeat it has also brought the le

  • Title: The Holy Lance
  • Author: Andrew A. Latham
  • ISBN: 9781910282410
  • Page: 333
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The Holy Lance By Andrew A. Latham, The year is 1191 A daring counterattack against the Saracens last ditch effort to relieve the besieged city of Acre has not only saved the Christian host from a fatal defeat it has also brought the leader of that counterattack, English Templar Michael Fitz Alan, to the attention of King Richard the Lionheart In the days that follow, the king charges Fitz Alan with a liThe year is 1191 A daring counterattack against the Saracens last ditch effort to relieve the besieged city of Acre has not only saved the Christian host from a fatal defeat it has also brought the leader of that counterattack, English Templar Michael Fitz Alan, to the attention of King Richard the Lionheart In the days that follow, the king charges Fitz Alan with a life or death mission to recover the long lost Holy Lance, a religious relic widely believed to be responsible for the near miraculous success of the First Crusade The ensuing quest leads Fitz Alan and a hand picked band of Templars on a journey deep into enemy territory, where they battle Saracens, Assassins, hostile Christians and even a traitor within their own ranks as they seek to return the Holy Lance to Christian hands and thereby ensure the success of the crusade.

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    1. As I ve noted before, in myreview being an author has its perks Sometimes I m asked to review books before they re available to buy and it s really nice to read something before anyone else gets to see it Andrew Latham, Professor of Political Science and reader of my own historical novels asked if I d take a look at his debut The Holy Lance and, if I liked it, share my thoughts and maybe provide a strap line for the cover Now, it s very flattering to be asked to critique someone s work but somet [...]

    2. Admittedly I m biased, but this is a great read especially if you like your Templar tales accurate and brutal

    3. This book came very highly recommended from several authors and some fellow readers with common interests and the recommendation was spot on.A lot is packed into this novel The book is set in the Holy Land during the Third Crusade and follows a Templar knight on his quest for a holy relic which might score either enough of God s favour or enough of a morale boost to turn the tide of the war in favour of the Christian host, but nothing s as simple as it appears The small band of English Templars [...]

    4. I ve always loved history, particularly the Middle Ages, so when I ve read the premise of Quest for the Holy Lance, I knew this book was perfect for me When we first meet the main character in this story, Michael Fitz Alan, the Templar knight, he s very busy fighting with Saracens The victory that he achieved there brought him to the attention of King Richard Fitz Alan is charged with the mission to recover the relict Holy Lance.The story is full of action, every battle scene is written realisti [...]

    5. The Templars as they really were Finally A book that describes Templars as they really were devout Catholic fighting men, rather than fantasy creatures or costumed, modern myths Andrew Latham has with this comparatively short, action packed book done the much maligned Order of the Poor Knights of the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem a worthy service by pulling them out of the realm of mystery and romance and putting back into a historical context and perspective.The book does not attempt to paint [...]

    6. An exciting quest to bring the Holy Spear which pierced the side of Jesus during the Crucifixion to King Richard by a group of Templars led by an English Templar, Michael Fitz Alan, and their auxiliaries Supposedly it will bring victory to whoever possesses it Other men loyal to Conrad of Montferrat, who wishes to become the King of Jerusalem, simultaneously pursue the same objective The Muslim, Saladin, and his brother, wish to drive theFaranji foreigners Franks from their kingdom There are man [...]

    7. The Holy Lance, by Andrew Latham, is a strong debut novel It depicts the violent, tumultuous and oftentimes confusing world of the Third Crusade Latham is an academic who clearly knows and loves this period of history His research drips from the page as readily as the blood spills from the gaping wounds of the enemies of Christ who are summarily slain by the Templar protagonist, Michael Fitz Alan, and his cohort of warrior brothers.It is a time of brutal conflict and the savage clash between rel [...]

    8. VERDICT Presented within a suspense story, this historical novel is an excellent presentation of the milieu and mentality of the spirit of the Crusades full review is here wordsandpeace 2015 05 15 b

    9. I recently had the opportunity to read an advance copy of Andrew Latham s The Holy Lance Initially I was hesitant, I have to admit I am reasonably familiar with the Knights Templar in both popular myth and actual historical record, and am, frankly, a little sick of the endless connections made between the Templars and various supernatural or secret cult activities I was pleasantly surprised, therefore, to read the book and discover that, although it revolves entirely around a group of Templars a [...]

    10. If you ve ever wished you could sit down and watch a truly Catholic movie about the Crusades, then reading this book might just be the next best thing Andrew Latham s debut novel, The Holy Lance, while admittedly not shown on the big screen, definitely gives the reader the feel of a movie Curled up on the sofa with it, I could almost taste the popcorn it is truly that good The story is set in the Holy Land in the year 1191, right at the period when King Richard of England showed up on the Crusad [...]

    11. When going through my to be read list of books to choose which one to read next, I often allow myself to be swayed by the chatter on various social media outlets The Holy Lance was one of those where the chatter almost compelled me to read it One of the things that drew me in was the fact that the author is an acclaimed historian something that I have found to enhance any historical fiction they write Besides, I like to support those who have taken up the profession of Historian as I am a self a [...]

    12. The Holy Lance is the debut novel by Andrew Latham Set during the brutal and bloody years of the Third Crusade the story follows the trials and tribulations of Knights Templar, Michael Fitz Alan The story starts off as a pretty standard medieval fare as the author describes Saladin s attempts to relieve the siege of Arce by King Richard s forces This is brought to life by a fantastic description of a Cavalry charge by the Knights Templars which really got the blood pumping The story then takes a [...]

    13. Source Free copy from Knox Robinson Publishing in exchange for a review.Rating 4 stars for very good.Summary The year is 1191 A daring counterattack against the Saracens last ditch effort to relieve the besieged city of Acre has not only saved the Christian host from a fatal defeat it has also brought the leader of that counterattack, English Templar Michael Fitz Alan, to the attention of King Richard the Lionheart.In the days that follow, the king charges Fitz Alan with a life or death mission [...]

    14. The Holy Lance The English Templars 1 by Andrew Latham is a fabulously realistic look at the Crusades and in particular the way of life for a templar knight fighting in the Holy Land.The main character, Michael Fitz Alan, is well written with his good points shown but also his bad We see his struggle through out the book to follow the Templar code and not fall back into the habits of his past There is a wide range of secondary characters that are equally well written I especially like Fitz Alan [...]

    15. I have to confess that I though there would be less religious stuff and historical fiction stuff I realize that Templars are connected to church but yeah I m stupid.King Richard sends Fitz Alan to get Spear of Longinus, it s believed to have pierced Christ on the cross, because he believes that it will turn the war on his side But after Saladin hears about this quest he sends men to retrieve it too, so there s a race against time to get hold of the spear.The most interesting thing in the book w [...]

    16. The Holy Lance is a cogently conceived, gripping tale, combining both historical accuracy and creative fiction It offers an invaluable window into the minds of the Templars, the Saracens, and all other factions involved in the 12th century wars between Saladin and Christendom, displaying each party s motivations, fears, and desires.To me, the most intriguing descriptions are those of the war formations and fighting styles of the Templars and their enemies The attention to detail is truly what ma [...]

    17. From the review on my blog, charlenenewcomb 2015 05 04 I have always been a fan of stories involving undercover operations The Holy Lance fits that bill, but is so much Be prepared to be transported to the Holy Land in the 12th century This is gripping historical fiction at its best Great action, superb battle scenes, believable characters Mr Latham s knowledge of historical events, people, the terrain, and life in the Middle Ages is excellent If the reader doesn t know about the Knights Templa [...]

    18. This book starts with a bang and the action just keeps coming As a lover of Templar lore, I couldn t wait to read this book I was not disappointed This book portrays the Templars as they probably really existed, not as some Hollywood, made up group of people, but devout Catholic soldiers doing battle for God The characters are amazing, especially Fitz Alan, a true Templar knight.Professor Latham has created a well researched, well written novel that is fantastically gripping, He is not only an e [...]

    19. Enjoyable book The time period is of that of Richard the Lionhearted and Saladin during the Third Crusade A mission the recover the Holy Lance is an interesting idea My main criticism is that the dialogue between the characters sometimes feels decidedly modern.

    20. I loved the book When reading a historical fiction I like them to be as accurate as possible as it was in this book I would have gave it 5 stars if it didn t take me a couple of months to read it I won this book in Firstreads

    21. Having read many of Dr Andrew Latham s articles on various aspects of the Crusades, with The Holy Lance I had little expectation of another Dan Brown style extravaganza rather of a solid work of historical fiction that might be somewhat to the textbook side Happily, these preconceived ideas proved to be false From the first page I found myself transported to the time of the Third Crusade to stand beside the Knights Templar in the midst of a furious battle with the armies of Saladin during Richa [...]

    22. The first of the English Templar series Features Templar Michael Fitz Allen who is commissioned by Richard Lionheart to retrieve the relic the Holy Lance Takes place in Outremer in 1191 during the Third Crusade.

    23. He bowed his head and prayed And then he rose up from the earth.And prepared to kill the enemies of Christ and His church Latham has nailed it Templar Crusades historical fiction done right.

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