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The Iron Lance: 1 (Celtic Crusades) [Mass Market Paperback]

Stephen Lawhead
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22 Mar 2000 Celtic Crusades (Book 1)
In book one of the Celtic Crusades series, a Scottish boy travels to Jerusalem to try to regain his family's stolen lands, and ends up saving the relic Iron Lance that pierced Christ's side.
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  • Mass Market Paperback: 656 pages
  • Publisher: Zondervan; New edition edition (22 Mar 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061051098
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061051098
  • Product Dimensions: 3.6 x 10 x 16.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,814,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Stephen Lawhead is best known for his "Pendragon Cycle" of Arthurian fantasies. His previous novel Byzantium moved him into historical rather than mythological fiction; The Iron Lance confirms this change. It is the story of the First Crusade, told by a youth from the Orkneys, a large group of islands off the north coast of Scotland.

At 14 Murdo Ranulfson is too young to go on a Crusade. But when he and his mother are thrown off their own land by soldiers of Prince Sigurd of Norway, who has claimed the Orkneys, Murdo travels to the Holy Land to fetch back his father and brothers, to reclaim their land. He witnesses at first hand the horrors of the Crusade, particularly what Lawhead calls "the rape of Jerusalem".

In common with Lawhead's earlier works, there is a strong Christian element to the story, but here the emphasis is on the Spirituality of the Célé Dé, Celtic monks, in contrast with the venality of the Catholic Church of the time. The main story is framed in the late-19th century narrative of a secret religious order descended from the monks, and from Murdo.

This is a powerful story, well told. Lawhead, better than most American writers, brilliantly captures what feels like the true essence of mediæval Britain and Europe. --David V. Barrett --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Praise for Byzantium:

‘Fantasy writing doesn’t get much better than this’
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‘This is a rip-roaring adventure story; the pace rarely flags. There’s scheming, murder and betrayal aplenty’
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‘Amusing and interesting’
Locus

‘A vivid historical setting and a credible and satisfying plot’
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The Iron Lance is classic Stephen Lawhead. A mix of well researched history and some bare faced fiction. It would be quite wrong to think the medieval world was just as he describes it, but he describes it so well and with such an attention to detail that people might be mistaken for sometimes doing just that.

This book is the first in a trilogy which itself relies on some plot elements set up in the book "Patrick: Son of Ireland". In this story, Murdo Ranulfson's brothers go to fight in the crusade to free the Holy Land, leaving him (the youngest son) to tend the estates with his mother. However political shifts and a scheming bishop leave him dispossessed and the lad finds himself with no option but to travel to the Holy Land to bring back his father.

But on the way he meets some monks from a curious celtic order - the Cele De. These monks are on a mission from God to bring back the Iron Lance that was used to pierce the side of the crucified Jesus.

The tensions in this book are deliciously drawn, and Lawhead is very good at the writing of action scenes. This leads to a wonderful story with a great conclusion in a convincing historical setting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Outstanding. 22 Jan 2001
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
Once again Stephen Lawhead delights us with his outstanding capacity of telling a great story. The Iron Lance is yet another one of his masterpieces, a marvel of epic/historical literature, combining elements of religion, faith, humanity, love, war and History in a brilliant writing style. And as we read the book, the feelings sometimes overwhelm us, in a true testimony of the author's excellence. Definitely a must have!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful masterpiece! 22 Jun 2000
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Once again Stephen Lawhead delights us with his outstanding capacity of telling a great story. The Iron Lance is yet another one of his masterpieces, a marvel of epic/historical literature, combining elements of religion, faith, humanity, love, war, history and many other subjects in a brilliant writing style. This book is surely a must for everyone who likes this genre.
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