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An Uncommon Crusade

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Elisabeth, Simon, and Hugo join an ill-fated commoner's crusade to Jerusalem in search of wealth, glory, and redemption. But their dreams are destroyed when Elisabeth and Simon are sold into slavery and Hugo finds himself adrift at sea. From the dark forests of thirteenth century Germany, through treacherous alpine passes, to a sprawling estate in Egypt, three lives become ...more
Paperback, 410 pages
Published January 4th 2011 by Written World Communications (first published December 14th 2010)
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Lelia Rose
Feb 20, 2014 rated it really liked it
Most people don't know that the Muslims started the centuries-long war with Europe that came to be called the Crusades. Caron Guillo does not go into the causes and justifications of the Crusades; she takes a snapshot of some people in one Crusade. She rightly shows that most people did not want war, on either side, and that hunger and disease killed many more people than battle did. Everyone finds their faith shaken by their experiences.
Another thing most people don't know is the extent to whic
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Patricia O'Sullivan
Mar 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Some other reviewers have suggested that the children's crusade was a historical event. I think it needs to be said that historians have long rejected this idea as a mistranslation and misinterpretation of the primary sources. That being said, this is a really good story.

I especially loved the first part in which the children travel across Europe to reach the Mediterranean Sea. Guillo's characters are well drawn and the dialogue very natural. I found myself unable to put the book down at times b
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Janalyn Voigt
May 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing

Simon, who has left his training as a monk, carries stolen parchments containing the Word of God.

Hugo is a cottager eager to escape the bondage of servitude.

Golden and beautiful, Kateline wears rags with the grace of a noblewoman.

Elizabeth, a victim of rape condemned by her village’s priest, believes she must reach the Holy Land and fight for Christ to exonerate herself. When things start to go wrong, she’s certain it’s a result of her “curse.”

An Uncommon Crusade tells the story of these and te
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Michelle
Dec 31, 2010 rated it it was amazing
A fantastic read. Caron is a brilliant writer who makes words dance on the page. She takes what could be a stuffy, depressing story and makes it come to life and inserts hope into the lives of her characters.
I look forward to future books by Caron.
Carol McClain
Apr 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
Before reading this you need a little background on the children's crusades. Little kids--as young as 5 or 6 went off to war.
This is a satisfying read.
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