Dante's Cross

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Categories: Historical Fiction
Publisher: Double Dragon Publishing/Double Dragon eBooks | Date published: 11/20/2004

Description


It's 1192, and the Third Crusade is failing. Even so, Dante de Montcada, Spanish knight, fights for Christendom. At the fall of St. Jean d' Acre, Frankish vanquishers hold hostage the wealthy and high-born of Islam, their ransom named, their lives held in King Richard's hand. Dante has loved ones among the captives, which ignites a conflict of loyalties in a land long at war. Richard the Lionheart, a warrior king and brilliant strategist, wears the mantle of authority as a man born to it, a man whose dedication to purpose is bone deep. When ransom is denied his captives, Richard is forced to make a ruthless decision. Appearances must be maintained, images adhered to and perceptions bolstered, no matter the cost. Richard isn't alone in the field of hard choices. Dante stands against king and kin to save the lives of those he loves and finds that his choices are not without victims, his allegiance not without cost, his course not without guilt. Sometimes the knighthood proves a trial of extraordinary severity for a man of conscience.