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Standard of honor, Jack Whyte

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Standard of honor
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Jack Whyte
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  • Whyte follows up Knights of the Black and White (2006) with this rousing adventure set in the late twelfth century. Templar Alexander Sinclair, survivor of the bloody Battle of Hattin, has gone into hiding in the Holy Land until his wounds heal. Aware that the other survivors have been executed (because they are Knights Templar), he keeps his own affiliation with the much-despised order to himself. Two years later, Sir Henry St. Clair is recruited by Richard the Lionheart to be his right-hand man in his latest Holy Land crusade. But Sir Henry's son, André, is a rising star in the Order of the Temple, and his allegiance lies with his cousin, Alexander. The stage is set for a family drama played out against the epic backdrop of the Third Crusade. Whyte, whose multivolume Camulod Chronicles told the King Arthur story, has turned his hand to the Knights Templar with equal skill and panache. A must for both historical adventure fans and anyone whose interest in the Templars has been sparked by the spate of recent books and movies. -- Pitt, David (Reviewed 10-15-2007) (Booklist, vol 104, number 4, p37)
  • This second entry in Whyte's Templar trilogy (after Knights of the Black and White ), covering Richard the Lionhearted's crusade, finds the author in top form. Alexander Sinclair, a Knight of the Temple, is part of a 50,000-man army headed to battle in the Lower Galilee. At stake for the Christian army is its claim to the Holy Land, now under the jurisdiction of Kurdish Saracen leader Saladin. The coming disaster will force English King Richard to raise an even larger army and set sail from England himself, along with Henry St. Clair, the English army's master-at-arms, and Henry's son, Andre, a member of the secret Templar society, Brotherhood of Sion. Whyte gilds the tangled political complications of the late 12th century with a rich trove of Templar lore—a treat for some readers, but superfluous for the more action oriented. And action is the point here: few authors can match Whyte when it comes to epic battle scenes involving blazing heat, choking dust, rearing horses and thousands of sword-wielding knights and Saracens locked in mortal combat. (Dec.) --Staff (Reviewed September 17, 2007) (Publishers Weekly, vol 254, issue 37, p32)
  • The Templar Trilogy (Knights of the Black and White, 2006) continues as Europe's most powerful knights follow Richard the Lionheart on his crusade against the armies of Saladin.It's 1187. On his last legs, Henry II refuses to name his gay son Richard as heir to the throne of England and the string of duchies on the continent. The king is just being ornery. Richard is the greatest warrior of his time, a real man's man—and there are plenty of ways to get around that production-of-an-heir business. When the king dies in 1189, Richard lines up the best and the brightest to go to the Holy Land to avenge the recent stupendous rout of the Christians. At the top of the prince's must-have list are Henry and Andr St. Clair. Widowed Henry is moping about his estate in Poitou, mourning his wife and readying himself to join her, when son Andr gets into a spot of woman trouble, from which he is capably rescued by the St. Clairs' feudal lord, Richard Plantagenet. Accompanying the Lionheart on this foray is Robert de Sabl, a member of the Templars' crypto-Jewish inner circle, the Brotherhood of Sion. Richard shakes Henry out of his funk and bullies the old warrior into becoming his Master-at-Arms for the upcoming crusade. Meanwhile, de Sabl prompts Andr to renew his lapsed commitment to the Templars and the Brotherhood of Sion in addition to serving his king. Once the younger St. Clair reaches Palestine, the Brotherhood instructs him, he must contact his Scottish cousin Alec, who has spent the past few years as a prisoner of the Saracens. Two comely queens have cameo roles as everyone marches off to reclaim the Middle East for the Christians.Middle-of-the-adventure story told in sturdy, serviceable prose. (Kirkus Reviews, October 1, 2007)
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197418
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Whyte, Jack
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The Templar trilogy
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bk. 2
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  • Templars
  • Crusades
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Standard of honor, Jack Whyte
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24 cm.
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xviii, 614 p.
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9780399154294
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2007035757
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  • (Sirsi) i9780399154294
  • (OCoLC)163582228
Label
Standard of honor, Jack Whyte
Publication
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xviii, 614 p.
Isbn
9780399154294
Lccn
2007035757
Other physical details
maps
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  • (Sirsi) i9780399154294
  • (OCoLC)163582228

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