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Beloved Pilgrim

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  67 ratings  ·  9 reviews
The doomed Crusade of 1101 is the backdrop for this story of a young noble woman who questions the values of her day and runs away to fight as a man. She learns along the way that honor and love are not always where you thought you would find them. Also on Smashwords as an ebook.
Paperback, 284 pages
Published February 27th 2011 by Shieldwall Books
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Jul 12, 2011 rated it liked it
*** NOTE: It has come to my attention that Beloved Pilgrim has been republished. I will not be returning to the piece, but encourage readers to understand the issues I noted may not apply to more recent editions of the novel.

I am not ashamed to admit I was caught off-guard by the content of this piece. I originally thought the jacket description offered sufficient information on the title's subject matter, but quickly discovered my assumption false. I'd expected a story that explored gender role
Jun 01, 2012 rated it really liked it
This was a great read if the reader enjoys swords and fair maidens and joining the Crusade of 110. Well, it is a different kind of telling, because the brother of the twins that begin the story dies, and his twin sister takes on the role of Crusader, following her father to the Holy Land. Well, it is also different in that the sister, now pretending to be her brother, is lesbian and finds a few willing partners along the way. It is only right because the squire that serves her is the same squir ...more
Alex Hogan
Jul 30, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: gay, historical
Beloved Pilgrim; what a tremendous read. This is not just a ‘romance’ or ‘lesbian story’, this is a gritty look at real warfare, and what life was truly like in the Middle Ages, warts and lice and sword slices and all. It has so much in it. It is written by someone who obviously knows the period intimately; you almost feel it is written by someone who has lived through the period. It isn’t full of extended descriptions of what each tiny little thing looks like, to remind us that this is set in a ...more
Christy English
May 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
In BELOVED PILGRIM, Nan Hawthorne has written a compelling story of a young woman who risks all she knows to become the woman she was born to be. As in the acclaimed novel, POPE JOAN, Elisabeth realizes that in order to claim her true self, she must set out to live her life as a man. Faced with a marriage brokered by her parents for power and convenience, when her twin brother dies, Elisabeth takes on his identity, donning his armor and riding off from her homeland to join the Crusade of 1101.

Jun 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Nan Hawthorne was our guest on Cocktail Hour to discuss the book and we had a great discussion! You can listen to it here:
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Bryn Hammond
Apr 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: imagined-fiction
I liked the last 3rd most: it's the tight narrative of a disaster. This works up a terrific head of steam. Great fighting (and I've never met such a fighting horse). A true war tale. What's more, because this is a crusade of 'uncertain facts' and the writer has given us a 'yarn' not a history text, you won't know what's going to happen. The last 3rd is five stars; up til then was four.

But back to the beginning. Girl puts on armour, disguises herself as a knight and runs off to the Crusades (or s
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I loved the whole book. Made me look more into historical history books
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