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Gentle Infidel

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Schoonover's well-told story of a young Venetian lad, accidentally inducted into the elite Janissary troops of the Grand Turk, who finds that love is not all sweet, and betrayal can be received from both lovers and military foes.
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Published May 12th 1970 by Ballantine Books (first published May 12th 1950)
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George Scott
Schoonover's well-told story of a young Venetian lad, accidentally inducted into the elite Janissary troops of the Grand Turk, who finds that love is not all sweet, and betrayal can be received from both lovers and military foes.

Michael the archer participates in the siege and overthrow of Constantinople, the last capital of the Roman Empire. During the battle, he is shocked by the revelation of his earlier life by his childhood friend, now a woman desperately seeking a way back to Venice.

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Jane Davis
This is a favorite I read when in high school and was delighted to find a copy in a library book sale (the place to find goodies). Schoonover was one of those great adventure writers of the mid 20th Century who told a good story plus accurate history. I also found a copy of his The Burnished Blade which I had never read and hope to soon.

The conditions behind the walls of Constantinople, the class system, the politics are all woven in an enjoyable tale of the last days of that great city. Grante...more
Susan
I'm amazed to find this book here. When I was about 11 - 16 or so, I read this book eleven times. I counted them. Enjoyed it immensely. Maybe it's time to read it again.
Jeffrey Perren
Interesting background. Lacking in the development of the love story component, as usual in Schoonover's books. Needs more of the Yerby treatment overall.
Barbara
Marvelous story about the fall of Constantinople in 1453.
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Specialized in well researched historical fiction.
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