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Seeking Jerusalem (The Normans Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

H A Culley
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Reviews for books by H A Culley

"A thouroughly enjoyable and gripping read. H A Culley takes us on a breathtaking ride through history. I'm not usually someone who will read a book from cover to cover in one siting but I couldn't put this book down."

"Another solid, good read from H A Culley."

"Wonderful, historical, informative."

"Excellent history and a very good story."

"Seeking Jerusalem is a good, solid climax to an enjoyable, well reasearched series about the Norman Conquest."

Synopsis

King Richard the Lionheart and his fellow crusaders set out to recapture the Holy Land, but on the way they run into trouble in Sicily before capturing Cyprus from the Byzantines. Eventually they join the siege of Acre in the Holy Land and the tide of the war turns in the crusaders’ favour, but not without the king making some bitter enemies.

In England, Richard's mother, Eleanor of Aquitaine, and William Marshall, Earl of Pembroke, struggle to frustrate Prince John’s efforts to seize the throne in his brother’s absence.

Aided by various members of the de Cuille family, King Richard defeats the Saracens under Saladin time after time, displaying great personal courage; but disunity is rife in the crusader ranks, particularly between the rival claimants for the Christian throne of Jerusalem, and animosity between their leaders ultimately costs the crusaders their goal of recovering Jerusalem.

With both armies exhausted and Richard desperate to return home to confront Prince John, the crusade ends with an honourable compromise, but an unwelcome encounter with old foes on the return journey leads to death, incarceration and the bankruptcy of a nation. The surviving members of the de Cuille family return home to find out that much has changed in their absence.



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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 749 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Orchard House Publishing; 2 edition (14 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00FWKNXNE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #36,972 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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H A Culley was born in Wiltshire in 1944 and entered RMA Sandhurst after leaving school. He was an Army officer for twenty four years during which time he had a variety of unusual jobs. He spent his twenty first birthday in the jungles of Borneo, commanded an Arab unit in the Gulf for three years, and was the military attaché in Beirut in the aftermath of the Lebanese Civil War.

After leaving the Army he became the bursar of a large independent school for seventeen years before moving into marketing and fundraising in the education sector. He has served on the board of two commercial companies and several national and local charities. He has also been involved in two major historical projects. He recently retired as the finance director and company secretary of IDPE and remains on its board of trustees.

He has three adult children and one granddaughter and lives with his wife and two Bernese Mountain Dogs between Holy Island and Berwick upon Tweed in Northumberland.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Normans 21 Jun. 2014
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A most enjoyable book. Very well written and informative. Could not put it down and look forward eagerly to the next book by this very good author. Again my only complaint was the number of literals.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent continuation of the de Cuille family adventures!! 26 Oct. 2013
By Kenneth C. Cable - Published on Amazon.com
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First, let me say you should read the three earlier books in The Normans series. While enjoying Culley's prose and unique ability to blend his story with the period history you will have become interested and attached to the various members and generations of the de Culle family branches.

You may have read many books about the Third Crusade...but, this is not just another crusade novel! It is the culmination of the tale of a few generations of literary friends in Northern Britain and Scotland during and following the Norman Conquest of Britain.
You will enjoy the interpersonal actions of the characters in the story and their impact of history. The characters in Culley's books are, in behavior, not much different from folks in our present time....some are brave, some are cowardly, some are selfless in their actions, some are greedy and venal; but, all are interesting to learn about and follow through perilous times.

Mr. Culley is a master of his craft. His battle scenes are believable, his characters well developed, and his overall period of history well researched.

I look forward to further work by Mr. Culley. (Since he had some of the de Cullle family living in Scotland and Northern England at the end ot Seeking Jerusalem, I hope that we may hear how these folks prosper is future trouble between England and Scotland;)
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great series of De Cuille family in medieval Europe 8 Jan. 2014
By Katejoe - Published on Amazon.com
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I chose five stars for this review because this series kept my interest in a lively way. The historical atmosphere was well done. I felt that the reality of living in those difficult times, and the appallingly brief lives that most people lived was shown. The characters were ones that I cared about . This particular book realistically covered the third Crusade to recover Jerusalem during the time of Richard the Lionhearted. We follow the embattled de Cuille family as several members and their entourage take the cross and head for the holy land. A great ending to a great series!
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4.0 out of 5 stars A Good finish to a great series. 26 Dec. 2013
By William A McLaughlin - Published on Amazon.com
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Seeking Jerusalem (The Normans) by HA Culley is a good solid climax to an enjoyable well research series about the Norman Conquest. It is a violent period of Western History and HA Culley gives us a realistic view of the clash of to great cultures. Their are none of the trappings of "Arthurian Chivalry" and glorious knights battling to Save the "Holy Land" for Christendom.It was hard fighting, hard choices and lots of politics and personal failings. It is tempered but still a look at the Crusade with clearer eyes. Culley brings the story full circle back to England ending in an epilogue that is satisfying the legacy of the House of De Cuille. Unfortunately the Author says this is the last book of the series, I am disappointed in that I would love to see him continue through the Reign of Henry III and Edward the I "Longshanks". Culley's treatment of the Border conflicts with Scotland is great and I would love read his views of William Wallace and Robert Bruce. Good Luck with the new adventure into Babylon.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Well done 28 Nov. 2013
By dwest - Published on Amazon.com
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Another good installment of the series. Well thought and with great depth. It's a good example of the politics that played out during medieval Europe. The end felt a bit rushed but, well worth the time.
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3.0 out of 5 stars So this is why Christians and Muslims have no peace 2 July 2014
By Ron Knopp - Published on Amazon.com
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Bringing the third crusade to an end with a book that fleshes out the historical characters to the point that you grieve their passing is difficult without becoming too wordy. Cullen does this well enough that I was saddened by turning the final page knowing this was the end of this tale. In addition, the story brought to life the era post "Kingdom of Heaven" to help explain our current world order and conflict. Read the series.
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