When invaders from Persia, driven by the forces of Genghis Khan, overrun and desecrate the Holy Land, the lords of Christian Palestine fail to unite to resist them. Filled with guilt for having left, Simon, who had held the factions unified, has one goal -- to return to the East. But King Henry has other work for him that will entangle him in deadly intrigues.
Katherine gives an overview of the book:
As he ran the echoing beat of his own feet upon the cobbled paving made chaotic din with the clatter of hooves behind him and the bursting throb of his heart. The house-fronts formed a narrow chasm, their white-washed walls glowing in the moonlight, their dark shutters and doors bolted against the dangers of the night. The riders, three at least, were nearly upon him. Here. Here was the door with a dove with outspread wings carved in the stone of the lintel.
The runner pounded on the oak paneling."Let me in! I'm Richard! Duke of Gascony!"
A knife blade thudded driving its point deep into the door.
How did modern democracy begin? And why? For 34 years I've researched and written about the man who founded England's Parliament. While working on Montfort I've also written plays, screenplays and written and produced radio theater. My works have been chiefly on historical...