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The Iron Lance (The Celtic Crusades #1) [Paperback]

By Stephen R. Lawhead (Author)
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Pages   656
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.82" Width: 4.82" Height: 1.45"
Weight:   0.67 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 30, 2000
Publisher   Eos
ISBN  0061051098  
EAN  9780061051098  

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In the year 1095, Pope Urban II declared war on the infidel. Kings, princes, and lords throughout Europe have joined the Crusade. To Murdo Ranulfson has fallen the duty of guarding his family's interests while his father and brothers fight to win Jerusalem. But when corrupt clergy prove enemies rather than protectors, Murdo must leave his native Scotland in search of his father. In the company of monks and warriors, he journeys far beyond the rolling fields of home, beyond the fabled Constantinople and the brooding walls of Antioch, to the Holy Land and the sword points of the Saracens. There, where blood, suffering, and human evil at its most horrifying are shot through with rays of the miraculous, he obtains the relic that will guide his life and the lives of his descendants for centuries. And there he grows from a callow youth to a man, trading cynicism for faith and selfishness for the heart of a leader. Steeped in heroism, treachery, and the clamor of battle, The Iron Lance begins a remarkable, masterfully woven epic trilogy of a Scottish noble family fighting for its existence and its faith during the age of the Great Crusades -- and of a secret society that will shape history for a thousand years.

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More About Stephen R. Lawhead

Stephen R. Lawhead Stephen Lawhead is an internationally acclaimed author of mythic history and imaginative fiction. He was born in 1950, in Nebraska in the USA. His early life was lived in America where he earned a university degree in Fine Arts and attended theological seminary for two years.

His first professional writing was done at Campus Life magazine in Chicago, where he was an editor and staff writer. During his five years at Campus Life he wrote hundreds of articles and several non-fiction books.

After a brief and unsuccessful foray into the music business—as president of his own record company—he launched his free-lance career in 1981. In the Hall of the Dragon King was his first novel.

In 1986 the Lawhead family moved to Britain so that Stephen could conduct research for the PENDRAGON CYCLE books. They settled there permanently in 1990, with some years spent living in Austria and a sabbatical in the United States.

In addition to his twenty-four novels, he has written nine children's books, many of them originally offered to his two sons, Drake and Ross. He is married to Alice Slaikeu Lawhead, with whom he has collaborated on books and articles. They make their home in Oxford, England.

Stephen's non-fiction, fiction and children's titles have variously been published in twenty-four foreign languages. He has won numerous industry awards, and in 2003 was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters by the University of Nebraska.

Stephen R. Lawhead has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Bright Empires
  2. Pendragon Cycle (Paperback)
  3. Song of Albion Trilogy

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A Terrific Story  Aug 30, 2007

Stephen R. Lawhead is an internationally acclaimed author of mythic history and imaginative fiction. His works include Byzantium and the series The Pendragon Cycle, The Celtic Crusades, and The Song of Albion. Lawhead makes his home in Austria with his wife. Stephen Lawhead is one of my all time favourite authors and I am only sorry that he does not write more often.

Through visions of the past, a 19th century lawyer is able to see glimpses of the harrowing journey of a long dead ancestor, Murdo Ranulfsen. It is 1095, Pope Urban II has declared war on the infidel and men from all walks of life, from lords to peasants rush to join the crusade. Much to his disappointment Murdo stays to guard his family and what possessions they own while his father goes to join the Crusade.

When through no fault of Murdo's the family possessions are confiscated, Murdo decides to set out on the long journey to follow the Crusade and find his father.

The author spins a magical adventure for the reader. He writes a moving and fearsome story as only he can. Once again, all I can say is that I wish he would write more books.
Read it!  May 21, 2007
Stephen Lawhead is a fantastic author, period. I already thought so before I read this book, but after reading this book I'm just that much more sure of the fact.

The Iron Lance follows the adventures of Murdo Ranulfsson as he journeys to the Holy Land in search of his father and brothers, who have become Crusaders. His effort to find his father is motivated by the suffering being caused by corrupt clergymen in the Crusaders' abscence. He is soon caught up in other affairs, however, ending with the recovery of a sacred relic.

After a bit of a slow start, this book really takes off. It's a page-turner for sure, but it is also an excellently written book. No cheap pulp fiction here.

Most impressively, Lawhead manages to add a compelling Christian message to the book. What's especially impressive is that he accomplishes this without sounding corny.

Those who have an appreciation for historical fiction will love this book, especially if they are Christians. The only complaint from a Christian standpoint is Lawhead's inclusion of a brief sex scene. Fortunately it isn't terribly descriptive, but it is worth noting before you get the book.

All in all, I'm sure you'll love this book.
Celtic Lore As It Should Be Told  Aug 24, 2005
Stephen Lawhead, long known for his tales of middle earth and refrence to actual history sheds refreshing light on the way the ACTUAL crussades probably were. The portrayal of a corrupt Roman orthodox is, in this day and age, sadly accurate and revealing. He does not glorify the brutality of war but instead shows that these things of our human history did happen...and to everyday people of the age. He shows how a person can surmout the impossible and grow as a creature created for a purpose.
not bad   Feb 21, 2005
Are you interested in the crusades? Do you enjoy stories that have to do with scotland, norway, ireland? Do you appreciate solid writing? If so, then this book may be of interest. After all, the crusades are the backdrop, the main character is from scotland, and the writing is solid.

That being said, there is nothing particularly special about this book. As I said, the writing is solid, not spectacular. The characters are passable, but in a week you will not remember anything about them. In my opinion, the spirituality / theology aspects are weak and distract instead of enliven.

However, if you are looking for something to read, then why not? The book is worth the money and you will not feel as if you have wasted your time.
Fans of the Crusades will enjoy this book  Feb 8, 2005
This is a story full of adventure that will keep you going all the way. It's entertaining, it's instructive and most of all, it's orginal. Nice to see the involvement of the men from Orkney in the Crusades. Same goes for the Norsemen. There are some endearing characters in this book as well as some interesting twists. In all, a different look at a very documented time in history, the Crusades, which atmosphere and horror are well detailed in this book.

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