The Third Crusade is on the horizon, and Henry II is on the throne.
Young Frederick Banastre has grown up hearing about his father’s adventures in the Second Crusade.
And now Frederick is being sent to court to become a steward to the young prince Richard, readying him for his own chance at glory.
Frederick and Richard soon become firm friends, with the royal household their personal playground.
But as the King ages, and the heir to the throne, Young Henry, prepares to take over, Frederick and Richard need to prove themselves on the battlefield.
They journey to France in an attempt to quell rebellious uprisings, and cement English rule.
But then disaster strikes, and with both Henrys in mortal danger, the way is paved for the rise of Richard the Lionheart…
‘Crusader’ is the first in a new series of historical thrillers chronicling the life of Richard the Lionheart.
“Full of action, intrigue and historical insight.” Richard Foreman.
Paul Bannister is a journalist and author. His is also the author of the Lord of the Narrow…