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The Iron Lance by Stephen R. Lawhead
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Apr 06, 2007

really liked it
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The Iron Lance, in case you aren't familiar with Catholic relics, is supposed to be the spear that was used to pierce the side of Jesus while He was on the cross. It's also called the Spear of Destiny and legend has it that the possessor of the spear is virtually invincible (of course, there are variations of its powers). During the Crusades there was an effort put forth by the Roman Church to collect the various relics associated with Christ's death. If you're interested at all in Church history and want a little taste of the reality (and brutality) of the Crusades, this novel will not disappoint. The main focus of the first book in this trilogy is on setting up the historical context of the First Crusade and creating a story within that context around the main character, Murdo Ranulfson.

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