Apprenticed to the foul-tempered scholar Everard, he must try to make sense of many things: his own past; the dangerous mystery that surrounds Everard; and his feelings for Elwen, a strong-willed young woman whose path seems linked with his own. In a time of war and secrecy, he will travel from the back streets of Paris to the burning plains of Syria to protect a legacy he is only beginning to understand. Robyn Young has worked as a creative writing teacher, financial advisor, folk singer, and music festival organizer, and has traveled extensively in Europe and Egypt. Brethren is her first novel. Once I had the idea for Brethren , I read as many books as I could find on the Crusades to introduce myself to this world.
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Added by 17 of our members. The second volume in Robyn Young's internationally bestselling Brethren trilogy, this is gripping historical fiction that reads like tomorrow's headlines--portraying a rising tide of political pressures that led East and West to war in the thirteenth century.
The year is , and, after years of bloodshed, peace reigns in the Middle East, in part due to the efforts of a mysterious group known as the Brethren. However, one of their number, Will Campbell, suspects that the Brethren have been betrayed. Their enemies are numerous and powerful: A cabal of ruthless Western merchants aims to reignite war in the Holy Land, in the hope that they can turn a profit--by means of a plan so scandalous that should they succeed the entire Muslim world will rise against the Christians in retaliation.
Prince Edward--once a trusted member of the Brethren--has made a promise to the pope: He will take the Cross to Jerusalem and lead a new Crusade. War has come. Meanwhile, in Egypt, Sultan Baybars is caught in a power struggle. His eldest son, and heir to the kingdom, has become involved in the dangerous designs of the insidious soothsayer, Khadir.
While Baybars wants to take on the mighty Mongol empire, Khadir and others in the sultan's court want to destroy the Christians once and for all. As the sultan's son schemes against his own family, old scars of the Crusades are quickly uncovered and new wounds appear. To survive the escalating conflict and protect his family, Will must harness all his knowledge and courage.
In a world of reckless greed and violence, Campbell may become the people's last hope for peace. Genre: Historical. Please email webmaster fantasticfiction.
Brethren Reader’s Guide
Brethren is a novel written by Robyn Young set in the ninth and last crusade. It was published by Hodder and Stoughton in It took her seven years to write the novel where she was "intrigued by the idea of these medieval warrior monks". The novel describes the fictional story of a young teenager by the name of William Campbell who starts out as a sergeant and later is promoted to a full Knight Templar. He is tasked with the search of the Book of the Grail which, if ever in the wrong hands, could potentially result in the downfall of not only the Anima Templi a secret order within the Temple , but also the Temple itself.
Brethren : An Epic Adventure of the Knights Templar