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Kruistocht in spijkerbroek

4.03  ·  Rating details ·  9,860 ratings  ·  350 reviews
De zestienjarige Dolf uit Amstelveen geeft zich op als proefkonijn: hij zal door een materie-transmitter teruggeflitst worden naar de Middeleeuwen om daar één middag een kijkje te nemen. Maar door een foute berekening komt hij in het jaar 1212 terecht in een Kinderkruistocht die net uit Keulen is vertrokken en niet op het riddertoernooi in Montgivray in Midden-Frankrijk da ...more
Hardcover, 363 pages
Published 1974 by Lemniscaat (first published 1973)
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May 24, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I was so taken by this book when I read this as a child. Saw myself going back in time to join the crusade! One of my best reads when I was a kid, so impressed by this story...
Going to school as a child, we had to read this book, it is required reading here. I didn't remember the story though, but I really enjoyed reading it now as a grown up. The story is great with lots of adventure in it and you learn a lot of the history. It is written in a way that you want to keep reading because you want to know what will happen next. It gets 5 points because of how well it is written, and how I loved it.

This book is in the 1001 Children's Books You Must Read Before You Grow Up
I am not sure I have the words to adequately describe how much I've loved this book and still love this book. My 4th grade teacher started reading this to our class back in '78 or so. About two chapters in I couldn't stand his slow pace anymore, got the book out of the library and plowed through it in a day or two. I have reread this book so many times I have long lost count and even as an adult I reread it every few years. My battered '83 copy, without a spine and held together by yellowing sco ...more
After rather totally stalling and generally feeling mostly massively annoyed with the narrative flow of the anonymous English language translation of Thea Beckman's 1973 time travel novel Kruistocht in spijkerbroek (Crusade in Jeans) when I was trying to read the latter about nine or so years ago and became increasingly frustrated with and by how everything in the English rendition seems to feel distractingly distant and that the text also moves along at best awkwardly and very often feeling lik ...more
Lisa Vegan
Jul 26, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who don’t mind a different take on religious history; those who like time travel stories
This ended up being a very satisfying read. I’m sure if I’d read this at age 10, it would have been a 5 star book for me. I would have particularly enjoyed the episodic adventures of Dolf and the children when I was that age.

I very quickly had to suspend my adult sensibilities major disbelief and try to put myself back to my 9 or 10 or 11 year old self, eager for a fantasy novel. I’m not talking about the time travel aspect, but there is no way that scientists, let alone a father, would let happ
Jan 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio-finished
3 stars
Nicely read by Menno (4 stars). This was a book of opposites. Sometimes it was a bit childish, but other passages/details were very (too?) macabre. The story has its engrossing moments but on the other hand it often loses its pace, which made me hard to focus. All in all I'm glad I read it but I'm not as raving as most reviewers.
This is probably the first young adult book I ever read and I loved it! We even read it for school too and had to compare the book to the movie, AND I went to see the musical with my mum (the songs are still stuck in my head sometimes). To any dutchie who hasn't read this: please do, it's so good and enjoyable and you learn about history since it sets in the Middle Ages (I think? It has been a while hahaha). Another nice thing to point out: there's no romance in this book (I can't remember if th ...more
Mar 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Middle Grade & Teen Readers Who Enjoy Time-Slip Adventure and/or Historical Fiction
Originally published in 1973, as Kruistocht in spijkerbroek, this classic Dutch children's novel follows the story of Rudolph Hefting, a twentieth-century boy who finds himself transported back in time to the year 1212, and caught up in the events of the fabled Children's Crusade. Not sure that he can ever return to his own time, Dolf, together with Leonardo Fibonacci of Pisa - the young mathematics student he meets upon the road - decides to accompany the poorly organized crusade, hoping to hel ...more
Marion Honey
Aug 09, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Marion by: Sanne | Booksandquills
Shelves: borrowed, translation
My Dutch friends were displeased I didn't enjoy this more. Part of it may be due to the fact that this is a translation. I also tried to take into consideration that this is a children's book published in the 1970s. But honestly I felt like I had to push myself to finish this book. I was not very engaged by the writing style, and while the overall concept is very cool, I was never impressed by any of the characters. Glad I read it all the same, but I just overall did not care too much for it.
Romi || Romi Reads
Apr 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: in-my-possession
How lovely it was to revisit a childhood story! I love history, but somehow it wasn't the class I got the best grades in. I think it's more the stories that interest me! Like Crusade in Jeans (or Kruistocht in spijkerbroek). The main character Dolf says at one point something along the way of that you get to know all about the rich "important" men of history, but not so much about the "normal" human. And those are who interest me the most actually! It was also a period in time I didn't get to kn ...more
An absolutely stunning book. I am somewhat prejudiced, since i love this writer. But this story, about the children´s crusades scetches a very good picture of those days. I would also recommend it to adults. It´s still an up to date story, about how adults take advantage of children and use them for their own gain. On the other hand± it´s a very adventurous story every child would enjoy reading.
I can tell you enough± read this book, and the other from this writer.
Oct 02, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
Thanks to Eline for doing this buddyread with me. This book is a real classic in The Netherlands, so I was glad I finally got to read it. Maybe my hopes were to high, because I was disappointed by this book, and so was my buddy. We were glad this was a buddyread, because we weren't sure if we'd keep reading if we would be reading it by ourselves.

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Maybe my hopes for this real Dutch classic were way too high. I was a little bit disappointed by the book. It i
English title: Crusade in Jeans

A classic Dutch children's book. I thought I had read it when I was a child, but nothing sounded familiar, so maybe not?

The book is about a boy, Dolf, who is transported to the middle ages with a time machine. The plan was for him to be there for a few hours, but things went wrong and he ends up stuck in Germany in the year 1212. He joins a children's crusade to Jerusalem and quickly finds his place between 8000 children.

So one thing you should know when you are g
Iris Post
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very happy I read this again. I remember the main plot of the story from reading it as a kid, but I'd forgotten most of the details. It's still one of the best historical books I've read
Came across one of the favourite books from my childhood going through boxes of books in the attic, which I have yet to move to the UK. Reading this now, I can see how messy and rushed the beginning is; no time is wasted jumping into the 13th century crusade. Once having time-travelled there, Dolf struggles for what appears to be a few days learning the "language" Diets; even the 8,000 German children who came from various areas must've spoken various dialects, variations of this unstandardized ...more
Travis Berketa
Maybe it was the fact that it was written back in 1973, but I found this story a bit hard to believe. Now I know that it's not a true story, however there were too many instances where I felt the reader needed to stretch their imagination in order to accept it.

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Katharine (Ventureadlaxre)
Crusade in Jeans (1973) is a children's novel written by Thea Beckman. It contains a fictional account of the children's crusade of 1212, as witnessed by Rudolph Wega, a boy from the 20th century. The original Dutch title is Kruistocht in spijkerbroek.

Rudolph Wega is a sixteen year-old who volunteers for an experiment with a time machine. The experiment goes well, but through an accident Rudolph is stranded in the 13th century. He saves the life of Leonardo Fibonacci, without realizing who he is
Lianne Burwell
Another of the children's books that has stuck with me through the years. I can remember seeing it on the shelves of Leslie Park Public school. I can remember reading it, and being thoroughly engrossed by it.

But seriously, what scientist would ever get permission to send a *teenager* through time? But I remember it being rather realistic about language problems and hunger and the violence encountered by the Children's Crusade. And the complete confusion when the hero is finally rescued, but has
Nov 27, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Probably read it with the Children's Books group.) I remember liking it more than I thought I would. I also thought of it as more HF than SF. Reminded of it today because a member of the SFF group says it's the book that got them started on SF... which I find intriguing.
Amber Scaife
Nov 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A teenage boy travels back in time and finds himself in the middle of the Children's Crusade in 1212. He quickly becomes an advocate for the children and an important member of the group, helping them through famine, disease, and battles with local peasants and townspeople. He never believes in the mission, really, and from the beginning something doesn't feel right to him about the entire business, so he works to discover what the wrongness is and then fights for the safety of the children.
It w
Jul 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
Kruistocht in spijkerbroek (crusade in jeans) is a childhood favorite of mine, i remember my dad reading this to me night after night, even though I didn't remember any of the events actually in this book. It's about a boy who gets 'transmitted' to the year of 1212, and then something goes wrong and he can't get back to this own time, so he decides to join the children's crusade.

It really was a fun story with a very large, sweeping scope and lots of adventures, the only things I didn't like were
Mar 25, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in Dutch in the1970's when I studied to be a children's librarian. Recently, almost 40 years later (of which 30 years spent in the USA), I decided to read the English translation, called "Crusade in Jeans". I even vaguely remember attending reading by Thea Beckman, but I don't know which book. One of the main reasons the book gained so much acclaim 40 years ago, was Beckman's use of the Dutch language. Her writing was crisp, clear and simple. The story was told in a very direct ...more
May 04, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: juvenile-fiction
Rudolph has an extraordinary thing happen on an ordinary day. He goes to the lab, and joins in an experiment. He volunteers to be the first time traveler, because he wants to see a knights' tournament. Instead, he is put dead center into the children's crusade. While he is traveling with them, he learns about the minds and feelings of the people who lived during those times. He really comes to love many of them. The big question is, will he be able to return?
This book is a very very poor translation of Kruistocht in spijkerbroek. I still gave it two stars as it is my most favourite book from groiwng up. But the translation leaves a book so well loved butchered on its pages. I was almost traumatized reading this translation.

Major parts of the original are missing, people are missing, events are devoid of the depth that are in the original. A prime example of how a translation can go so very very terribly wrong
Oct 14, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone, regardless of age
Shelves: youngadult
One of my favorite YA novels. I first read it when I was about twelve years old and it totally hooked me. It was my comfort book throughout my teen years, one that I'd pick up and re-read every so often. Even as an adult (I'm 24 now), it holds up. Great book.
Niek Van
Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
:D <3 ...more
I have read this book at least 4 times in my live and still love it. One of the best time travel books i know of. Big fan of Thea Beckman.
Karla Conchas
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a really good read for sure. I saw the movie a long time ago, when I was nineteen or so, and I decided to read the book. Rudolf of amsterdam, as he so proudly likes to say to the medieval people he comes across (much to my amusement) finds himself trapped in medieval Europe after getting sent there by a group of scientists. He gets caught up in the children's crusade, as they are passing along his friend Leonardo, who he meets in a scuffle (I love this guy!), helps two sick and exhauste ...more
Ellen Dooren
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First thoughts:
It is a Dutch children's classic, but I have never read it before. I only saw the movie when I was younger. I didn't remember too much from the movie, so I could go into it without too many expectations and prior knowledge.

The language is really old fashioned and not at all how a children's book would be written nowadays. From time to time this makes the main character a bit more unbelievable, since his thoughts and the things that he says are formulated in a really old fashioned
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Thea Beckman (1923-2004) was born in Rotterdam. She began writing in 1947, but it was not until her children were grown that she devoted herself to writing full time. Crusade in Jeans was first published in 1973. It became an overnight success, making her one of the most popular authors of juvenile books in the Netherlands. Ms. Beckman is fascinated by history and wrote books about many historical ...more

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