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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford; Reissue edition (4 April 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0192793578
  • ISBN-13: 978-0192793577
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 2.4 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,216 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A welcome reissue of this award-winning classic


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This is the book that gave me a life long love of history. I first read Ronald Welch's Knight Crusader over 45 years ago as a young teenager and I was delighted to see it in print again, particularly as I had emailed Oxford University Press (children's section) only two years ago to ask if there was any chance it would be reprinted. At time they said no but something obviously changed their minds.

I don't need to repeat the story outline above but what I will say is that Ronald Welch incorporate real events and real people in his exciting adventure story. His description of events and places are vivid, his characters believable and likeable; his knowledge of castles and fighting techniques comprehensive and clear.

Knight Crusader is the first in a series of books following the adventures of the fictitious Carey family, members of whom leave their home in Llansteffan to participate in many of the major historical events involving the British including The Crusades, Battle of Crecy, The English Civil War, The French Revolution, The Crimean War, The Indian Mutiny and World War I (to name but a few).

It is a wonderful way to introduce children to historical events as the stories leave a lasting impression and are an easy way to learn historical facts. I do hope the rest of the books are also republished and look forward to rereading them all.
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By M. Dowden HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 7 Jan. 2014
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This is a book like many of other people I read in my younger days. Browsing over the Christmas period I was happily surprised to find this available in the kindle format, but would it still be as great a read all these years later? I must admit that it still held me and gave me immense pleasure to 're-discover' this. As well as the text you have an illustration at the beginning of each chapter, as well as some illustrations throughout the story as well. All of these are black and white drawings and show up perfectly on the kindle.

When we first start this we are introduced to Philip D'Aubigny a seventeen year old, born and raised in the Holy Land. We follow Philip through the following years as he makes friends and enemies, and fights in the battles against the Infidel. Full of incident and action this is a great read for young adults onwards, and also gives some idea of what life was like in the Middle East at the time. With Richard the Lionheart, Saladin, and 'The Old Man of the Mountains' and his Assassins making an appearance, there is certainly a lot covered here.

Why this works is not just because of the main plot, but also because it highlights what went wrong with the Crusaders, when they eventually arrived in the Holy Land. With squabbles and internecine struggles the politics of the time are brought to life here, not only in Jerusalem, but when Philip travels to England, he also encounters the same kind of thing, with John ruling the kingdom. All in all this is still a great historical novel and well worth reading.
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Reading this cross between boy's adventure and historical faction took me back to my childhood.
Well written, expansive vocabulary, exciting narrative and wholesome. I can hear some saying 'It is old fashioned'. Yes it is, but it is the kind of old fashioned that made a generation of children admire integrity, nobleness of purpose, and the triumph of good over evil. It is a children's book after all, and what we allow our children (or grandchildren in my case) to read should inculcate our values. Old fashioned in not being peppered with bad language or questionable morality yet ever modern in presenting the age old struggle between right & wrong.
It is the sort of book that sets young minds dreaming, dreaming of slaying dragons, overturning injustice, being strong in the face the enemy, yet compassionate when faced with need. I recommend it.
And my Grandson - He loved it.
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It is purported to be for the young however I find it a book for all ages. I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is a read that takes you through the story, which is not the true story of the Crusades but close enough, that keeps a hold of you and wondering what will happen to Phillip next.
The book takes you through the story with no extra intrigues that can take the reader away from a story and start to wonder who is who and what who is supposed to have done.
The young squire becomes a knight through his fighting prowess. He lives in Outreamer with his father in his castle. These are Crusaders who are trying to keep hold of the Holy Land against the Emir and his army. It tells of his 'adventures in Outreamer and how he ended up in the family castle in England.
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I read this book many years ago.A brilliant story of The Crusades at the time of The Battle of Hattin,Saladin and Richard the Lionheart ,it was published at the time that Rosemary Sutcliff and Geoffrey Trease were producing some of their finest historical novels.He compares very favourably with these wonderful writers and went on to write a series of books featuring descendants of his hero through the centuries of British history.
Reading it again was a pleasure and it held my attention throughout.I hope more of his books become available on Kindle.
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