A Mad Medieval Tale Sweeps Europe and the Middle East
“Cluny Cross – A Mad Medieval Tale,” a novel placed in the 11th century, follows a Benedictine monk’s frantic adventure through the Byzantine and Turk Empires before it races on to Jerusalem and the embattled Holy Land.
Adele, a feisty Norman girl, catches his eye early on, leaving him to struggle in spirit with his vows of obedience and chastity. He tries desperately to put her out of his mind, but he has no idea how much she will change his life in the years to come.
Ramiro begins his journey to Jerusalem ten years before the First Crusade. But along the way, his mission is thwarted by the Byzantine Emperor and, when he tries to escape, by Turk slavers who take him deep into ancient Persia and the Turk Empire.
Hunted down by a Turk warrior, Ramiro rushes into Jerusalem just before the the city’s bloody fall to French invaders in 1099. And after the conquest, he discovers that his cross has an entirely unexpected meaning to the knights of Europe – one that could cost him his life.
“My tale was inspired by my own journeys to the Middle East,” says Blackham. “The region has a long and turbulent history of foreign invaders, and I want to give the reader a different view. I want them to see these 11th century invasions from the ‘other’ side – from the point of view of Byzantines, Arabs, and Turks.”
About the Author
Mark Blackham has a keen interest in the affairs of the Middle East and has conducted research in Syria, Jordan and Israel. In 1999, he earned a graduate degree in archaeology and anthropology from the University of Toronto and continues to delve deeply into the past, fascinated by the parallels that exist between contemporary events and the stories of ancient history.
"Cluny Cross – A Mad Medieval Tale" is available in both print and digital formats (Kindle and Adobe) from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-on-Board, and participating bookstores. Paper (ISBN 9780987787804)
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