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One of my annual goals for '08 was to read a book written the year I was born. This one was surprisingly good but not great. The Holy Land of the period was like the American West in that a person of low social standing could rise by his own efforts to become a person of status. Pagan is a bastard adventurer who found glory in the Crusade and was rewarded with a title and small domain by King Baldwin of Jerusalem and the friendship and devotion of his fellow warriors. A nobleman on pilgrimage w ...more