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The Iron Lance by Stephen R. Lawhead
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Jan 01, 2009

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“How long could it take to liberate the Holy Land from the slack grasp of a few Arabs?”

I wasn’t very far into Stephen R. Lawhead’s The Iron Lance before things started to feel a little familiar. The irony, of course, is that the book was written in 1998, well before our current Middle-East debacle.

Book I of the Celtic Crusades trilogy, The Iron Lance opens as the kings and princes of Western Europe answer the church’s call to go on crusade to the Holy Land. The book is deep in historical fiction, but not weighed down by the past. It does not, for instance, spend much time pondering the motives of Pope Urban II, the instigator of the first crusade. Instead, Lawhead weaves a three-part narrative which is enthralling and thought-provoking, especially from a current perspective.

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