Helena Schrader's research on the Middle Ages focused on England, France and the Holy Land. In addition to the Knights Templar, Helena has done research on other aspects of the Middle Ages. Particular areas of interest are Edward, Prince of Wales and Aquitaine and the Kingdom of Cyprus in the 13th Century.
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Novels Set in the Middle Ages by Helena Schrader currently in progress:
Lion of Karpas
The Kingdom of Jerusalem during the Fifth Crusade is the setting for this novel. It follows a mismatched couple, the ageing and ruthless Cypriot baron and his refined young second wife, as he fights on the one hand to defend the independence of the Kingdom of Cyprus against Imperial tyranny, and on the other to win the love of his bride.
A fictionalized biography about Edward of Woodstock, the eldest child of King Edward III, who was born in 1330. He "won his spurs" at the Battle of Crécy, fighting in the front line when just 16 years of age. In 1356, against a vastly superior French army, he won the battle of Poitiers, taking the French King captive. He surprised the world, and probably his own father, by marrying his widowed and divorced cousin, Joan, the "Fair Maid of Kent." Despite his failing health he was the power behind the scenes which enabled "the Good Parliament" of 1376 to pass measures designed to strengthen the government against despotism.
This will be a four part series. The titles of the novels are: Heir to England and France, Prince of Wales, Prince of Aquitaine, and The Shadow King
Published Historical Novels Set in the Middle Ages by Helena Schrader:
Fiction, published 1996
This is the first novel in Helena's Knights Templar Trilogy. Two young people with pasts they would rather forget meet by chance. They have been shaped and scarred by the Templars and the Cathars, the Crusades and the Inquisition. It is a story of shaken faith, lost illusions, and newfound hope.EXCERPT
Sir Jean of Acre
Fiction, published 1997
This is the second novel in Helena's Knights Templar Trilogy. Jean joins the Knights Templar to defend the Holy Land. He embarks upon a crusade which eventually takes him to the siege of Acre and the loss of Christian Palestine to the Muslims. Confronted with his own failure, he is compelled to redefine himself, his beliefs and his goals.
Fiction, published 1999
Republished March 2007
This is the third novel in Helena's Knights Templar Trilogy. Set against the backdrop of the destruction of the Knights Templar by Philip IV, this is a story of the struggle between good and evil in human hearts. Whereas the English Templar, Sir Percy, must learn to tame his hatred, his Cathar-raised rescuer, Félice, has to learn how to focus and define her love.EXCERPT I REVIEWS I ORDER
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