Sunday, May 28, 2017

Novels of Outremer

who controls the past controls the future

I was intrigued to say the least when I cam across this new (to me anyway) series of fictional books based in the Crusader Kingdom of Outremer (outre-mer meaning "overseas" - thus the kingdom over the seas).  So a brief recap before proceeding.

His fantasy series The Books of Outremer tells the story of the struggle to control the land of Outremer - not only the war between the invaders and the native peoples, but also the factional struggles within each side, not to mention the magical beings who have their own mysterious reasons for intervening. And most of all, it is the story of a group of individuals, brought together by these public events, but trying to live their own private lives regardless.

See also: Melisende's Library - Book of Outremer

Hawks of Outremer by Robert E. Howard
A collection of historical short stories featuring Cormac Fitzgeoffrey, a participant in the Third Crusade.

  • "Hawks of Outremer"
  • "The Blood of Belshazzar"
  • "The Slave-Princess" (completed by Richard L. Tierney)
read more here @ CBR dot com or @ Project Gutenberg Australia

Outremer is a novel of faith and heresy, loyalty and intrigue, set in the 13th century Levant. Aimeric and his young family seek peace in the Maronite community of Gibelet under Mount Lebanon, but there too he is entangled in conflicts. Oriental and Western Christians, Mamelukes and other Muslims, Jews and Druzes spend their lives in war and peace, compromise and confrontation, as their heirs do today as if nothing has changed and no lessons learned.

Though advertised as a "series" I know nothing more.

Outremer is a powerful love story set during the Crusades of the 12th Century based upon real people; of love, loyalty, sacrifice and honour, but also unrequited love, jealousy, treachery and betrayals with consequences that echo out across the centuries to the present!

The reviews have been generous (see Goodreads, Amazon UK & Amazon) and so I was intrigued - anything set in this period of history - whether fact, fiction. fantasy - has always piqued my interest. I guess this may be another series that will be seeking a place on the Library shelves some time very soon.

read the article here that first drew my attention @ Female First

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