Crossed

A Tale of the Fourth Crusade

By Nicole Galland
(Harper Paperbacks, Paperback, 9780060841805, 672pp.)

Publication Date: February 2008

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Description

In the year 1202, tens of thousands of crusaders gather in Venice, preparing to embark for Jerusalem to free the Holy City from Muslim rule. Among them is a lowly vagabond Briton, rescued from damnation by a pious knight who burns with zealous fire for their sacred undertaking. And so they set sail, along with dedicated companions—and with a beautiful, mysterious Arab "princess" whom the vagabond liberates from a brutish merchant. But the divine light guiding their "righteous" campaign soon darkens as the mission sinks ever deeper into catastrophe, disgrace, and moral turpitude—as Christians murder Christians in the Adriatic port city of Zara, tragic events are set in motion that will ultimately lead to the shocking and shameful fall of Constantinople.

Impeccably researched and beautifully told, Nicole Galland's Crossed is a stunning tale of the disastrous Fourth Crusade—and of the hopeful, brave, and driven who were caught up in and irrevocably changed by a corrupted cause and a furious battle beyond their comprehension or control.




About the Author

An award-winning screenwriter, Nicole Galland is the author of the novels The Fool's Tale, Revenge of the Rose, and Crossed. She lives on Martha's Vineyard with her husband, actor Billy Meleady.




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Praise For Crossed

“A clever novel of courtly love . . . entertains with a flourish.”
-Publishers Weekly

“A tasty fictional stew, mixing elements of twelfth-century culture together skillfully to produce a veritable reading feast . . . .The combination of vicious politics, mysterious doings, betrayals, and double-dealing, added to a leisurely but engaging plot, will keep those pages turning.”
-Booklist

“A tasty fictional stew. . . . A veritable reading feast.”
-Booklist on Revenge of the Rose

“A wallop of a first novel—entertaining and engaging.”
-San Francisco Chronicle on The Fool’s Tale

“[A] funny (really!) look at this disastrous Crusade through the eyes of a wacky Welshman, a pious knight and his half-brother and an Arab princess (who isn’t what she seems) they hope to return to her Egyptian home. It’s a raucous road trip set in the 13th century.”
-New York Post

“[A]ttention to detail and humor keeps the novel both exhaustive and hilarious...Nicole Galland is exceptionally well versed in the fine nuances of storytelling and illustrating the combustible nature of mixing religion, commerce and war.”
-St. Petersburg Times (Florida)

“[A]t once an idiot’s guide to the tangled geopolitical landscape of 13th century and a clear and stern indictment of contemporary events...Thick with delectable historical details.”
-Martha's Vineyard Times on CROSSED

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