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Outremer is a vivid and compelling narrative history depicting the momentous events later known as the Third Crusade (1187–92 A.D.). In this five year period, the Muslim world inflicted a major defeat on the Christian army of Jerusalem that resonated around the known world, and which directly resulted in the confrontation between two of the most celebrated figures in medieval history – Richard the Lionheart, renowned as the great warrior king and personification of the knightly chivalry, and Saladin, Sultan of Egypt, Syria, Arabia and Mesopotamia and consummate diplomat and strategist. The story unfolds through the reminiscences of Geoffrey de Moissac, who relates his incredible first-hand experiences fifty years after the main protagonists have perished. Geoffrey has been witness to all the dramatic events of that time, from the Christian disaster at Hattin, through a perilous journey to the west to solicit aid, and finally as part of the mighty Crusader army intent on... More > the re-conquest of the Holy Land.< Less
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  • By alastair
    Jul 23, 2012
    An absolutely outstanding book which gripped me from the opening sequence, set at the catastrophic battle of the Horns of Hattin in 1187, and the subsequent fall of Jerusalem triggering the third crusade. The action focuses on the years from then until the events of 1192, the initial pleas for help and the resulting cat and mouse game around Outremer. Much of the novel is revealed through the eyes of the protagonist Geoffrey of Moussiac as he assists the bishop of Tours create a chronicle of those events decades later. These conversations, interspersed the private pain of Geoffrey as he relives in his mind those parts of the tale he does not want to share, are enough to keep anyone on the edge of their seat. With the vignette of another new generation of crusaders dreaming of glory as they listen to the recollections of someone else who was there, I felt totally immersed in the period, and first read the book at a frantic speed. A subsequent reading repaid my effort handsomely, with... More > Allibone’s meticulous research not so much adding to, as creating my knowledge on this under explored period. Every bit as riveting as the machinations of the Tudor court for historical fiction aficionados, I cannot recommend this book highly enough. I just hope he writes another!< Less
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Richard Allibone
July 8, 2012
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