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Pillars of Light by Jane Johnson
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it was amazing
Read 2 times. Last read December 12, 2020 to December 19, 2020.

Another superb read from the pen of a worthy successor to Dorothy Dunnett!
A disparate group making the trip from Cornwall via Somerset to the Cinque posts and thence to the Holy Land and the untrammelled savagery of the Seige of Acre. John Savage, a foundling, but with an eye and a talent for drawing, Ezra, a girl using a boys identity, the enigmatic Moor and a crew of mummers and rogues find themselves despatched to Palestine for Richard the Lionheart's Crusade. A Palestine where Saladin has conquered Jerusalem, but who finds himself unable to relieve the Seige of Acre - an Acre where a young Jewish Doctor and a Muslim girl find themselves caught up in the terrible events of the siege.
Jane Johnson has a superb eye for detail and the gift of impeccable research. A wide-ranging tale packed with emotions and events, with love and with savagery. Highly recommended by me.
My own peripatetic existence has seen me spend a long time in the Levant. The author shows a wonderful feeling of "place" that I recognised instantly.
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Reading Progress

Finished Reading
December 19, 2015 – Shelved (ebook Edition)
December 19, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read (ebook Edition)
December 12, 2020 – Started Reading
December 19, 2020 – Shelved
December 19, 2020 – Finished Reading

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