The response to my request for input on the proposed cover blurb for "Balian d'Ibelin" was amazing! Lots of great suggestions -- with well-argued justifications. As a result I've re-drafted the text. There is still time for tweaks if you have strong feelings about this, but this meets most criteria.
A landless knight, a Byzantine princess and a leper king—
The story of Balian d’Ibelin in the years before his
Balian d’Ibelin saved thousands of women and children
from slavery and brokered peace between Richard I and Saladin. Arab chronicles described
him as “like a king,” and his descendants dominated the history of the Holy
Land for the next century. Yet he inherited neither land nor titles and we know
nothing of his youth.
What made him the man he would become?
In this comprehensive revision of the first book in the
Jerusalem Trilogy, Schrader evokes the underlying currents and powerful
personalities that shaped the history of the Kingdom of Jerusalem. She weaves
history with hypotheses to create a credible, if fictional, backstory for a
hero: Balian d’Ibelin.