#OTD 4 Sept 1199 – Joanna Plantagenet dies

Joanna Plantagenet, Queen of Sicily, Countess of Toulouse. She was the daughter of King Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine, born in October 1165. At age eleven, Joanna (or Joan) wed William II, King of Sicily. Widowed at 24, she was held under house arrest for almost a year by William’s successor, Tancred. Her brother,…

A shout-out from Sharon Kay Penman

  August slipped past and I never managed to mention that the lovely Sharon Kay Penman mentioned both For King and Country and Men of the Cross on her blog at the end of July. Sharon writes: “I think they might be of interest to my history-loving, book-loving readers and friends.” What a thrill to have my books noted by a best-selling…

Author Interview: Helena P. Schrader

“..Jerusalem was lost. The site of Christ’s Passion. The home of the Holy Sepulcher. Lost. What was there left to fight for?” –Envoy of Jerusalem It is the year 1187. Saladin has crushed Christian forces at the Battle of Hattin and secured almost every city in the Kingdom of Jerusalem for his own, including Jerusalem.…