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1172. The Kingdom of Jerusalem, also known as 'Outremer', the land beyond the sea. Outremer was a young realm, one baptized in blood when the men of the First Crusade captured Jerusalem from the Saracens in 1099. Those crusaders who stayed had to adapt to an utterly new world, a land of blazing heat and exotic customs and enemies who were also neighbors.
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Published January 23rd 2020 by Macmillan
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Jenifer
Nov 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As someone who has been reading, loving, and re-reading Sharon Kay Penman's novels for over 20 years, I was thrilled to be granted access to an advance reader copy via Edelweiss. The Land Beyond the Sea did not disappoint! Penman brings the historical figures of twelfth century Jerusalem and its surrounding lands vividly to life, and creates plenty of complex, often at-odds heroes and heroines to root for over the course of this epic, standalone novel. I highly recommend this book to readers of ...more
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Sep 13, 2019 marked it as to-read
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Melisende
Dec 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is my style of book - my favourite period in history - characters I am well familiar with - an author whose works I love. What more could I want!
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Many people are at least a little familiar with the Crusades, Richard the Lionheart, and Saladin. Far fewer, I would wager, know about the life of Balian of Ibelin, a Frankish lord born in the Levant. Penman tells his story in The Land Beyond the Sea. The timespan of the novel is actually fairly short, beginning when Balian is a young man. Penman takes readers on a journey among the Poulain, the people born in the Levant and descended
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Could it really happen? *holds breath*

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It was a great destiny to be a queen, but it was not an easy one. Maria Comnena had been only thirteen when she was wed to the King of Jerusalem, a man almost twenty years older than she, a man who spoke not a word of her Greek while she spoke not a word of his native French. Even religion had not been a bond between them, for he followed the Latin Church of Rome and she had been raised in the Greek Orthodox faith.

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Kathleen
Nov 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was delighted to obtain an ARC from Edelweiss of Sharon Kay Penman's long awaited novel on Outremer, or the Kingdom of Jerusalem. This "Land Beyond the Sea"began to be settled in 1099 with the First Crusade.

A very fine historical representation of an era and point in time very different from what was happening in France, Normandy and England at that time. Baldwin IV , who has been called the "Leper King" was son of the King of Jerusalem Amalric I, and was educated by William, Archbishop of
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Joy Matteson
Nov 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Sharon Kay Penman strikes again! I can't get over this author's attention to detail combined with breathless storytelling. They just don't make historical fiction like this anymore. Every character, from the leper King Baldwin to Lord Balian and Archbishop William, just fly off the page. Penman takes the time to capture both the Muslim leader Saladin and his amirs' perspectives as well as the Franks, which brings the Crusader era into a fresh retelling for 21st century readers. Recommended for ...more
Susan Cordeiro
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story is a long, detailed description of life in Jerusalem after the second crusade. The rich detail is what makes Sharon Kay Penman's books fantastic!
The characters, both fictional and culled from history are very interesting. I learned about a period of time I knew little about.
Readers of historical fiction will not be able to put this book down. This is a curl up on the sofa with a cup of tea kind of book.
Thank you NetGalley and publisher for this book.
Laura
An advanced copy of this title was generously provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley.

Sharon Kay Penman is one of my favorite authors. I am so appreciative of her ability to craft an intriguing and interesting story while staying true to the historical details. This takes a tremendous amount of research and creativity to piece together what we know occurred centuries ago and then fill in the blanks with plausible details and insights.

The majority of the book takes place during the reign
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Penman received her bachelor's degree from the University of Texas at Austin, she majored in history, and also received a Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from Rutgers University School of Law, and later worked as a tax lawyer.

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