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The Iron Lance (1998)

de Stephen R. LAWHEAD

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Sèrie: The Celtic Crusades (1)

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"ACTION-PACKED ADEVNTURE." --Booklist Scotland, 1095. While his father and brothers follow Pope Urban II's call to win Jerusalem from the infidels, Murdo Ranulfson stays behind to guard his family's interests. But when his home is confiscated by greedy usurpers, Murdo is forced to follow the Crusades himself. Hoping to find his father and redeem his family's land, Murdo sets off on a journey that leads him to the Mediterranean--the heart of civilization now threatened by barbarian hordes--and on to the fabled city of Constantinople and beyond, to the Holy Land. Amidst brutality and ambition, Murdo discovers what he seeks--and obtains a relic that will guide him and his descendants for centuries. Rich in heroism, treachery, and adventure, The Iron Lance begins an epic trilogy of Scottish noble family fighting for its existence and its faith during the age of the Crusades--and of a secret society whose ceremonies will shape history for a millennium. "INTRIGUING . . . STEEPED IN HISTORICAL DETAIL . . ." --Library Journal… (més)
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Es mostren 1-5 de 11 (següent | mostra-les totes)
alo a good book ( )
  Dan733 | Apr 15, 2020 |
this was excellent!! made me cry for God’s forgiveness for what has been done in the name of Christianity. Gripping. ( )
  BookstoogeLT | Dec 10, 2016 |
Rating: 2* of five

The Publisher Says: 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.

My Review: There was a time when I tried, and tried hard, to be a christian. Something alluring about feeling sure you're protected by a bid daddy who loves you. But the problem for me is, I have this logical outlook on life and I need stuff to make sense, to follow the rules of storytelling. This religion don't do none o' that, and plus it's riddled with exclusionary language, "moral" justifications for rotten stuff like slavery and incest, and so on and so forth.

Horrible.

This novel is a holdover possession from that period of my life. It's competently written, it's about a period of history I find enthralling, and I hated every single eyeblink I spent on it. There's persuasion and then there's bludgeoning. This is the latter. Had I paid the slightest attention, I would have noticed that the book was published by Zondervan...a christian publishing house. A foolish error on my part.

This review is my reminder to myself: Openness to change is good, but don't get carried away. Borrow from the library. That way the crap that offends you can go back with no damage to your pocketbook. ( )
1 vota richardderus | May 21, 2013 |
Although I enjoyed the story greatly, and I really liked most of the characters, I found parts of this were slightly dull. I've read various Lawhead books and enjoyed them all to an extent. I did enjoy this and I especially like the monk, Emlyn, though, I was expecting a bit more. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it enough to continue with the next one. ( )
  ashooles | Apr 14, 2013 |
I was really impressed with this tale! It was deeply engaging, from start to finish, and the historical portions were so compelling that it made me want to read more on the Crusades. ( )
  journeyguy | Apr 2, 2013 |
Es mostren 1-5 de 11 (següent | mostra-les totes)
Među vizijama daleke prošlosti, škotski advokat iz devetnaestog veka nazire bolno hodočašće jednog od svojih predaka... Godine 1095, papa Urban II objavljuje rat nevernicima. Kraljevi, prinčevi i lordovi iz cele Evrope prihvataju krst i jurišaju da se pridruže krstaškom ratu. Murdo Ranulfson je ostavljen na ostrvima Orkni dok se njegov otac i braća pridružuju borbi za oslobađanje Jerusalima. Ali kada mu konfiskuju porodičnu zemlju i posed, Murdo kreće u krstaški rat kako bi našao svog oca. U sred neverovatne brutalnosti i ratne ambicije moćnih lordova, on će naći svetu relikviju koja će ga voditi kroz život, kao što će voditi i njegove potomke u narednim vekovima. Natopljena herojstvom, izdajstvom i zvonkim zvucima bitke, Gvozdeno Koplje započinje epsku trilogiju o škotskoj porodici koja se bori za svoje postojanje i veru tokom vremena koje je obeleženo velikim krstaškim ratovima.
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LAWHEAD, Stephen R.autor primaritotes les edicionsconfirmat
LEYMARIE, IsabelleTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Maitz, DonAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
Posen, MikeAutor de la cobertaautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
SCHUMACHER, RainerTraductorautor secundarialgunes edicionsconfirmat
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"ACTION-PACKED ADEVNTURE." --Booklist Scotland, 1095. While his father and brothers follow Pope Urban II's call to win Jerusalem from the infidels, Murdo Ranulfson stays behind to guard his family's interests. But when his home is confiscated by greedy usurpers, Murdo is forced to follow the Crusades himself. Hoping to find his father and redeem his family's land, Murdo sets off on a journey that leads him to the Mediterranean--the heart of civilization now threatened by barbarian hordes--and on to the fabled city of Constantinople and beyond, to the Holy Land. Amidst brutality and ambition, Murdo discovers what he seeks--and obtains a relic that will guide him and his descendants for centuries. Rich in heroism, treachery, and adventure, The Iron Lance begins an epic trilogy of Scottish noble family fighting for its existence and its faith during the age of the Crusades--and of a secret society whose ceremonies will shape history for a millennium. "INTRIGUING . . . STEEPED IN HISTORICAL DETAIL . . ." --Library Journal

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