The Holy Lance, first in this trilogy, is a gripping historical adventure set during the Third Crusade. Latham’s protagonist is brutal killer and pious monk, a soldier of God. Latham provides enough historical detail without overwhelming the reader. His vivid portrayal of characters, place, and time will leave the reader captivated.
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 – to recover the Holy Lance, a long-lost 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.
PRAISE FOR THE HOLY LANCE
“If you’re looking for an historical adventure soaked in blood… The Holy Lance delivers…. Latham shows a welcome attention to the complexities of the Crusader world and to the details of Templar life. A satisfying amount of blood is shed as Michael Fitz Alan and his Templar troops battle their way towards their goal. And the book offers a rousing conclusion, with the promise of more to come. Bring it on!”
— Jack Hight, author of The Saladin Trilogy.
“A tense, atmospheric page-turner…. medieval historical fiction at its very best.”
— S.J.A. Turney, author of the Marius’ Mules and The Ottoman Cycle historical fiction novels.
The book launch has been scheduled to take place at Common Good Books, Garrison Keillor’s bookstore in Saint Paul, MN on 29 April, 2015 at 7:00pm.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Andrew A. Latham is an award-winning professor of International Relations who regularly teaches courses in medieval political thought, international relations, and war. Trained as a Political Scientist, Latham has spent the last decade-and-a-half researching political violence in the Middle Ages. He has written scholarly articles on medieval war, the crusades, jihad, and the political thought of Saint Augustine and Saint Thomas Aquinas. His scholarly work includes the non-fiction book entitled Theorizing Medieval Geopolitics: War and World Order in the Age of the Crusades.
Latham is a member of the Historical Novel Society, the Historical Writers’ Association and De Re Militari: The Society For Medieval Military History.