- Series: Balian D'Ibelin and the Kingdom of Jerusalem (Book 3)
- Paperback: 512 pages
- Publisher: Wheatmark (August 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 162787397X
- ISBN-13: 978-1627873970
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.3 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 26 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #314,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Envoy of Jerusalem: Balian d'Ibelin and the Third Crusade (Balian D'Ibelin and the Kingdom of Jerusalem) (Volume 3) Paperback – August 1, 2016
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"...this is one of the best historical series ever written. ... A very detailed drama full of historical truths intertwined with a fantastically written tale, ... The zest this author has for her subject is dramatic, intense and something that will never be forgotten!"FEATHERED QUILL
"...I was extremely impressed by Schrader's unparalleled skill in capturing a very complex period in history in a manner that is utterly accessible and even addictive. Little-known characters are brought to the reader's attention, and well-known characters are presented in a new light ... I found the book extremely difficult to put down, and was glad that it stretched to 500 pages....I simply cannot find fault with "Envoy ofJerusalem" and I warmly recommend it to any fans of historical fiction.It is an exemplary book of its kind." ONLINE BOOK CLUB
"... a captivating work of historical fiction...that offers insight into the religious politics of the Middle Ages. ...Even the most minor character is fully described and the attention to the smallest details is evident in every aspect of the novel. ...Passionate prose brings the fascinating backdrop of the Middle Ages to life, and interest holds throughout." -- FOREWORD CLARION REVIEW
'Envoy' stands alone as captivating and entertaining, as well as scholarly and far-reaching in scope and intent. As a complete work, the 'Jerusalem' trilogy represents an outstanding achievement; a literary oeuvre constructed in keeping with the highest academic principles for research and verifiable accuracy. -- REAL CRUSADES HISTORY
"Schrader, a career diplomat with a PhD in history, delivers a meticulous historical drama full of telling details and dialogue that's contemporary-feeling without compromising its historical authenticity.... [T]he story presents both Christian and Muslim points-of-view, so there is no facile stereotyping of villains....[R]eaders are sure to find the author's enthusiasm for Crusade-era history infectious." -- BLUE INK
Wow. Just, wow. That's exactly what I thought when I finished reading "Envoy of Jerusalem: Balian D'Ibelin and the Third Crusade." This book was an action packed thrill ride that I simply could not put down! Author Helena P. Schrader has done a masterful job of writing this book, and providing an accurate historical context for her story line. -- READERS' FAVORITE, 1st Reviewer
Not only is Envoy of Jerusalem historically accurate, it is a great story about a very interesting man, his family, friends, enemies, and contemporaries.
Balian D'Ibelin is a hero's hero in an age of heroes. But his were the heroics of necessity in a violent and war torn land. ...There were a lot of heroes and villains during these times. Helena P. Schrader gives a good sampling of both, as well as their lives, the politics, their beliefs and, above all, the horror of war. This is a great look at the Third Crusade and the people who fought it. I found the writing good and the narrative balanced.-- READERS' FAVORITE, 2nd Reviewer
The first thing I noticed about Envoy of Jerusalem was the amazing cover. I really liked the fact that the cover had a picture of Balian d'Ibelin as it allowed me to have a clear picture of what he looked like while I read the book. The second thing I loved about the book was the genealogical charts and maps at the beginning of the book as they helped me to understand where the events took place and the relations of characters to each other. Helena P Schrader did such as amazing job in writing that at times I was not entirely sure if what I was reading was fiction or history. -- READERS' FAVORITE, 3rd Reviewer
From the Author
"Envoy of Jerusalem" won 1st Place in the 2017 Feathered Quill Book Awards for Spiritual/Religious Fiction and the Pinnacle Award for Best Biographical Fiction 2016. It was also awarded a B.R.A.G. medallion for excellence in independently published books in December 2016.
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There was a time many years ago when I was at University when we were encouraged debunk heroes. I say enough! It is time we hold up heroic deeds and words. This world and it's people need inspiration, and I personally found this series and this book in particular inspiring.
Little is to be gained by further summarizing the story. Suffice to say Balian d’Ibelin and his wife, the Dowager Queen Maria Zoe Comnena, continue their leading roles in this vast, immersive, and well-told tale of the tumultuous events in the Holy Land preceding, over the course of, and after the Third Crusade. For review purposes, most pertinent is Dr. Schrader’s continuing success in translating her encyclopedic knowledge of the Crusader States and her proven abilities as a purely creative writer into works of high literary and historical value.
As in the previous two volumes, a convincingly evocative sense of physical environment marks every setting. In 'Envoy', a kingdom ninety years in its building lying ravaged, fallow, and desolate in the wake of Salah ad-Din’s armies, remains hauntingly poignant in memory.
Action, be it a meeting among dissenting hot-tempered barons, cruel words between husband and wife, or an all-out blood-splattered battle on land or sea, is vividly shown with a sure hand for all aspects, verbal, emotive, and physical. In characterization, Balian d’Ibelin faces a formidable challenge to his leading role with the show-stealing Richard I Couer de Lion, capably portrayed as a great king, leader, and warrior who yet shows human strengths and failings, whose deeds and persona match the historical record, and is worthy of his legendary status.
As known to serious students and scholars of the Middle Ages, women in High Medieval Europe and its transplanted culture in the Crusader States were most decidedly not a class of downtrodden beings, solely present to be used by men as sexual toys, heir factories, or currency. In her numerous and extensive characterizations of women of all social stations, Dr. Schrader strictly avoids the clichés of modernist feminism, as well as the common ‘medieval’ stereotypes regularly seen in historical fiction. Consequently, her female characters stand in strong and authentic contrast to these too often seen typecasts. She doesn’t neglect to sharply illustrate the wide disparities between the status and treatment of women in the Christian and Islamic cultures of the time.
'Envoy of Jerusalem' continues at the same compelling, page-turning pace established in 'Knight of Jerusalem' and 'Defender of Jerusalem', not relenting until the conclusion of the final scene. Also, like these preceding volumes, Dr. Schrader’s unfailing attention to the complexities of the historical and environmental frameworks make careful reading an agreeable necessity. The extensive supplementary materials: genealogical charts, maps, introduction, historical afterward and notes, and the glossary and list of additional reading, are easily accessible, and contain answers to any questions that might arise. In themselves, these well written and organized resources provide ample evidence of the author’s scholarly qualifications and standards.
In conclusion, 'Envoy' stands alone as captivating and entertaining, as well as scholarly and far-reaching in scope and intent. As a complete work, the 'Jerusalem' trilogy represents an outstanding achievement; a literary oeuvre constructed in keeping with the highest academic principles for research and verifiable accuracy.
From Real Crusades History, a solid five stars and a hearty Deus Vult for 'Envoy of Jerusalem'! ~ Scott Amis
This is the third and final installment in a series of three books Schrader has written with the Crusades as her backdrop. This third volume begins in 1187 after the Christian armies have just suffered defeat at the hands of the enemy. To make matters worse they have lost Jerusalem and the mood is defeatist and gloomy. The story once more centers on the author’s heroic figure of Balian Ibelin, as well as his family and entourage. A quick search of history reveals that Balian is an actual historic figure who lived from 1143 to 1193. I thoroughly enjoyed Schrader’s thoughtful and vivid portrayal of Balian d’Ibelin.
"Envoy of Jerusalem" is a perfect bookend to Schrader’s epic trilogy on this period in Christiandom’s history. As with the other two volumes, Helena’s masterful writing leads readers deeper into the intriguing storyline as each page turns. She sprinkles a huge cast of characters throughout, and breathes life into each one making them seem as if they will walk right off the pages. Her descriptive detail of each scene makes the reader feel as if s(he) is right there--an eyewitness to history in the making in this sweeping epic.
History truly does come alive in this series. The Crusades were one of the most harrowing times in the early Middle Ages—kingdoms were at stake and religions were galvanizing, and future trade routes were in the making. The Crusades were a struggle both physically and financially as well. Whether they were effective or even necessary are still debated by historians. Yet one thing is certain: They left an undeniable mark on the course of human history. Very real battles occurred that affected very real people. Author Helena Schrader brings the human factor to the forefront in "Envoy of Jerusalem."
Yet action abounds as well, as it is a story with a major military conflict as its focal point, along with political intrigue, noble family dynamics, and power plays that that will pull readers in and won’t let them go. In short, "Envoy of Jerusalem" effectively takes on the tumultuous times surrounding the Third Crusade with the Holy Land as its setting, and Schrader portrays multiple aspects of life of this time and place vividly while maintaining historical accuracy.
All of these inner workings of a massive military push are dealt with in this series of books that build up to the grand finale in "Envoy of Jerusalem." It takes a very skilled author to take a topic as dense as the Crusades into a compelling read of well-researched historical fiction. Helena Schrader pulls it off with flying colors. Her success lies in the development of the characters.
If you are a fan of medieval history, I highly recommend reading this immensely satisfying series