Helena Schrader's Historical Fiction

Dr. Helena P. Schrader is the author of 24 historical fiction and non-fiction works and the winner of more than 53 literary accolades. More than 34,000 copies of her books have been sold. For a complete list of her books and awards see: http://helenapschrader.com

For readers tired of clichés and cartoons, award-winning novelist Helena P. Schrader offers nuanced insight into historical events and figures based on sound research and an understanding of human nature. Her complex and engaging characters bring history back to life as a means to better understand ourselves.

Sunday, April 12, 2020

"Knight of Jerusalem" is "Out-of-Print" -- "Balian d'Ibelin" is coming!

"Knight of Jerusalem" 
is out-of-date and out-of-print.
 That's exciting because within the next three months I will be releasing a completely revised edition: "Balian d'Ibelin: Knight of Jerusalem"

It is now six years since I published "Knight of Jerusalem,” the first part of what would be a three-part biographical novel based on the life of the historical Balian d’Ibelin. The book was based on over a year of intensive research, but, I admit, I rushed the release. I had read that Sharon Kay Penman was writing an novel about Balian, and I didn’t want to look like a “copy cat.” Furthermore, it was becoming obvious to me that I could not cover Balian’s life in a single book, so I made the decision to chop the book into three parts, and publish the first book asap.

It was a mistake.

The novel itself was flawed because it had not been conceived as a stand-alone novel. The characters were inadequately developed because I hadn’t written them to the end and learned about them in their complete complexity. In addition, over the next years, I continued to research the Ibelins and the crusader states. Not only did I discover new sources and develop a deeper understanding of Middle Eastern and crusader society, but scholars were publishing new books and articles throughout this period (and continue to do so), many of which significantly impacted my interpretation of the events described in this book. These made me revise some of my early assumptions.

In consequence, I decided that “Knight of Jerusalem” could not remain on the market the way it was. It had to be “killed” and replaced by a new book that captures my more advanced appreciation of Balian, his contemporaries, his society and his times. The results of this reworking of old material are nearing completion.

The new book will be titled “Balian d’Ibelin: Knight of Jerusalem” and remains the first book in the Jerusalem Trilogy depicting the life of Balian d’Ibelin from 1170 to 1192 and the first book in the four-book series that together constitute a comprehensive biographical novel of Balian. The Last Crusader Kingdom is the fourth book of the series.

I will be posting updates about “Balian d’Ibelin” here on this blog and on my Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/HelenaPSchrader/

You can also follow me on Twitter at: @HelenaPSchrader

Meanwhile, the award-winning second, third and fourth books of Balian biography are available for sale in paperback and ebook editions:


  1. Well, I loved Knight of Jerusalem, and the rest of the 4 books, but will look forward to reading the "revised" edition. I enjoy your books very much. Peter Cooney

  2. I really enjoyed Knight of Jerusalem very much, as well as the following three novels. I will certainly look forward to the "revised" edition!