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The Lion of the Cross (Tales of a Templar Knight)

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William de Scotia’s gentle blood flows with the ancestry of Scottish Kings and the malevolent taint of the murderous Lion of Islam, Sultan Baibars I. Born to an innocent mother, who was stripped of her nobility and dignity, then sold into bondage by a diabolical Genoese slaver, William is the lesser son of the Mameluk Sultanate and fated to be his eldest brother’s elite gu ...more
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Published October 15th 2014 by Smashwords Edition (first published October 13th 2014)
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Cyril Patrick Feerick
I have read many a book about this period and other equally bloody eras and they have generally been quite good if you have an ability to overlook the odd historical error in the name of a good story and, to be honest, I was expecting much the same from this one. Boy was I wrong! "The Lion of the Cross: Tales of a Templar Knight" by T M Carter is a great read, an engaging plot, interesting characters and a couple of great battles. Mostly this book is very enjoyable and I am looking forward to re ...more
Linda
Jun 04, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I am the odd man out in rating this book. I bought it based on its plethora of five star reviews. I simply do not know why I was not enthralled by it. The author's mechanics were excellent. There were some throw away characters. I did not get tripped by the author. The sex scenes were rather instructive. I just did not enjoy the read, and I may have good reasons. During the read, my country has been attacked by Muslim radicals; I watched a movie wherein Richard Burton played a blond haired Hanni ...more
Jane
Lion of the Cross ~ Tales of a Templar Knight is told in first person about the life of William de Scotia, who was born to a Scottish princess sold to a sultan and she became William's mother with the sultan for a father. The 1300's with the fall of William the Bruce, the crusades and the betrayals of royal houses is the setting for William to start a new order of Templars in Portugal.

This is a historical account of the times with lots of bloody battles and is not a book for the faint of h
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Amanda
Mar 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Historical Fiction will always be one of my favorite genres and I was enthralled by this story that follows a young Muslim boy on his journey from Egypt to Christian Acre and the Templar Knights. I found this book to be well written and researched and look forward to reading more about William de Scotia in the future.
Donna Foster
Jan 31, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Extremely well researched and detailed work of historical fiction.
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We are proud to announce that THE LION OF THE CROSS by T.M. Carter is a B.R.A.G. Medallion Honoree. This tells a reader that this book is well worth their time and money!
Judi Moore
May 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
**Extracted from a review originally written for "BigAl’s Books and Pals" book blog. May have received a free review copy.**

If you have ever wanted to know what the Crusades were all about – or if you want to know more – then I think you will enjoy this book. Mr. Carter is steeped in the Crusades to the extent that there are footnotes (unusual in a work of fiction). The voice of Wasim/William is good – the boy is arrogant, petulant, and humble when he remembers to be, and easily moti
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T.M. Carter is an author and an avid historian, a member of the Historical Novel Society and a member of the California Writers Club of Long Beach. He lives in Southern California with his wife and two children.