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Queens Cross Paperback – September 1, 2008

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About the Author

Lawrence Schoonover, successful author of highly popular historical and biographical novels, passed away in 1983 but left a legacy of exceptionally readable and thoroughly researched works of great interest to lovers of history, adventure, and romance. Schoonover was born in Iowa and graduated from the University of Wisconsin before moving to New York to work for a large advertising agency. In the spring of 1948 he began researching for what was later published as The Burnished Blade, the novel which immediately won him critical accolades and was chosen as a Literary Guild selection. This success allowed Schoonover to continue his writing. Many editions and millions of copies of his works have been printed and translated into eight languages including Spanish and Norwegian. Among his highly acclaimed works are The Spider King, a novel of King Louis XI who united France, The Queen's Cross about Ferdinand of Aragon and Isabella of Castile and their reconquest of Spain, and Gentle Infidel which tells the story of the son of a Venetian merchant who grows up to become a Turkish Janissary during the Turkish conquest of Constantinople.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 400 pages
  • Publisher: Fountain City Publishing (September 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0976086743
  • ISBN-13: 978-0976086741
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,930,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Fiction can do more than tell a good story, it can tell of the past in intriguing ways. "Queen's Cross" is now in reprinting after three decades out of print. The tale tells of the life of Isabella of Castille, and although the book is fiction, it draws much inspiration from reality about this unlikely and legendary queen of Spain. A story of a woman's faith and desire to unite her kingdom, "Queen's Cross" is solid and intriguing reading, a must for any fan of historical fiction.
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The book came in very good condition and was delivered right on time.

The story could have been written today. Sex, greed, violence, Muslims hate everybody and want to convert them and own the world. And everybody hates the Jews.
Okay so it is in the 15th century. But it is always the same story.
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Of all the books I have read in my life, there isn't a single book that I have come across that would earn a rating worthy of 5 stars, until I read "Queen's Cross". It is rare to read of war in such an elegant, poetic prose. It's meaty but not raw. It has war and it has (era and stature appropriate) romance and love, politics, grandeur and simplicity. It is a perfect medley of real history and creative fiction. You'll find yourself, be you man or lady, falling for Isabella, the Queen of Castile, nay, Queen of Spain.

The title is apropos in the sense that the Queen wears a cross allegedly fashioned from one of THE three nails (yes, those three nails) but also for the cross that is her burden to bear of uniting Spain.

Read this, and you'll not be disappointed.
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