Pagan's Crusade

by Catherine Jinks (Author)

Book Cover for Pagan's Crusade

   Book 1   
Pages: 192
Wham! So here I am, standing in a sea of dirt, with a big mad Templar lobbing rocks at my head. Wham! Like some kind of martyr. Wham! He throws like a catapult.
'All right, Pagan, that's enough.' (I should damn well think so.) 'Do you see what your problem is?'
Wait - don't tell me. You are.

Down on his luck and kicked in the pants one too many times, sixteen-year-old Pagan Kidrouk arrives on the doorstep of the Templar Knights in medieval Jerusalem, looking for work as a squire. He's expecting only some protection from the seedier aspects of life on the street and a few square meals. Instead, Pagan finds himself hard at work for Lord Roland de Bram - an exciting life of polishing Lord Roland's armor, laundering his garments, and even training to fight by his side.

But as the Infidel Saladin leads his army to Jerusalem, it becomes more and more difficult for Pagan and Lord Roland to discern what action to take or whom to trust. Neither Saladin's army nor the Christian Crusaders offer easy answers. Is a bloody battle for control of the Holy City inevitable?

Recognition: Shortlisted for the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Award, Older Readers (1993), Shortlisted for the Victorian Premier's Literary Awards, Children's Literature category (1993)

Pagan Chronicles Series—Summary and Book Order

Series: Pagan Chronicles
Reading level: 13+
Books in series: 5
Read in order? Yes
Next release: Finished
Tags: action  historical  medieval  humour  religion  war 

 Print series book list

Books in series order

1.   Pagan's Crusade  (1992)
2.   Pagan in Exile  (1994)
3.   Pagan's Vows  (1995)
4.   Pagan's Scribe  (1995)
5.   Pagan's Daughter  (2006)