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Evan Ostryzniuk

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Evan Ostryzniuk is the author of the Geoffrey Hotspur series of historical fiction novels set in the late Middle Ages. The first two: Of Faith and Fidelity and Of Fathers and Sons were published by the UK's Endeavour Press in 2015 and 2016 respectively. They can be found here: amzn.to/21Ga8Nh and amzn.to/1Tf46Sx.

Evan was born and raised in western Canada, where he attended the University of Saskatchewan. After graduating with a B.A. in History and Modern Languages and an M.A. in Modern History, Evan did post-graduate work at the University of Cambridge, concluding five years of research with a doctoral thesis on the Russian Revolution. He eventually found his way to eastern Europe, where he took up positions as a magazine editor, universit
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Montisi1Sometimes things just work out for the best. I was wanting to catch a medieval reenactment tournament in Italy, but none of the scheduled events fell into my plans, so I resigned myself to museum tours and castle walks until I literally stumbled into a stationary shop to ask directions, whereupon the proprietor, after some language quibbles, told me about a small tourney to be held the next day...

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Venerating a Purpose: Geoffrey Hotspur and the Truce of Leulinghem (Literature & Fiction)
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Description: Tired of a decades-long war that has sapped the strength of both kingdoms, England and France have finally agreed to create a lasting peace. During the hot summer of 1389 near the village of Leulinghem in northwestern France, powerful lords have gathered on behalf of their respective kings to hammer out a truce that will not only serve the interests of both sides, but also aid in saving Christendom from the latest and most dangerous threat from the east – the Ottoman Turks. But, of course, the devil lies in the details. Recent political turmoil at the royal court has raised a curtain of suspicion between the two leaders of the English delegation – the king’s uncles John of Gaunt, Duke of Lancaster, and Thomas of Woodstock, Duke of Gloucester. So, when the brothers openly differ on the issue of a joint English-French crusade against the Turks, the resulting tensions run so high that a scandal involving Gaunt, a dubious relic and one of his squires threatens to overturn the peace talks and disgrace the duke. For fifteen-year-old Geoffrey Hotspur, ward of the Duke of Lancaster, the stakes are equally high. With a place in Gaunt’s famous hall for squires on the line, he must not only serve his lord well in his new rank of relic-keeper, but also redeem himself for a lapse in judgment made involving a strange northern maiden. Failure means a return trip to the stables, whence he came!
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