That just made it more interesting for me. Preference is given to themes of: engaging politics, sprawling battles, drugs errr. While this farcical confusion seems far-fetched, perhaps it shows some realistic pictures of a medieval battlefield. For Geoffrey Hotspur, his magnificent sword is at once a weapon, a cross, a source of moral strength, and a part of his identity. How can they possess both universal truth and local meaning? Which is funny to me, because I love world-building in fantasy books. They develop an interesting friendship, where Geoffrey treats Jean more as his squire or valet, than what you would typically think of as friendship. That said, I am expected to do a lot of the leg work in generating interest in the product.
Fidelity commits us to honoring our aspirational principles, not following the relatively specific original meanings or original expected applications of the founders. When the friendship turns to love, it shakes two straight men to the core and flips their lives inside out. As the papal wars of the Western Schism rage across Europe, a young man takes his first step on the journey of a lifetime. Although I wasn't really fond of Geoffrey, I kept hoping he would step up and become something great. A friendship born out of loneliness and the solace of the bottle turns out to be exactly what they both need. Each week you will receive updates on free and discounted ebooks.
This was a period that I wasn't familiar with, so I had to look up some things as I read. I had been lecturing on Western Civilization when I realized that the 14th century was an especially dynamic period but little in the way of fiction had been written about it. As the author mentions in his notes on the novel, this a period of political strife in the Church, and not a period of conflict over theological interpretations. Peter, will Geoffrey find that a knighthood is worth the risk to his honor? A good squire cannot be made a knight without battle; a knighthood lost its quasi-sanctified nature without the belief in the Church; popular challenges to the social status quo made it difficult for the knight to keep his place and lands under control; mass mortality of the titled orders caused confusion about service obligations and relations. It was probably the constant over-description of everything. Geoffrey Hotspur is a rootless squire because he has no land.
They can be found here: and. You'll just go back and have to read and re-read it again. So sit back and have a hot tea ready, because there is plenty of juicy stuff to cover. He eventually found his way to Europe where he took up positions as a magazine editor, university lecturer and analyst in the financial services sector before finally settling on writing as a career. Barely escaping with their lives, Geoffrey and Jean find themselves forming part of a company of Catalonian crossbowmen en route to enlist with the Roman papal army.
Geoffrey is passionate about his faith, and is willing to risk everything to stay true to the standards of a knight. Intrigue and betrayal dominate the war between the two popes, and the young squire's understanding of faith and fidelity are soon challenged. I enjoyed the relationship between Jean and Geoffrey. Originalists would enshrine an imperfect Constitution that does not deserve our fidelity. The challenges before the squire, then, is whether he can find a place for himself as a traditional knight, assuming that the title worth seeking once he gets a glimpse of the outside world, and how much he will have to adapt his ideal to the shifting social, economic and military landscape of late medieval Europe.
It is the time of troubles - the Hundred Years' War is raging throughout France; England was on the brink of financial ruin as a result, and Charles of France was a mad as a hatter. Some key differences might be that my publisher doesn't specialize in historical fiction which at times has been a minor issue and they publish the e-book first, then print-on-demand. With little more than his wits and a sword, the young squire must find a way to fulfill his duty to his lord, to his faith and to himself. And the question of faith in God vs. Championing their cause is the head of a reduced branch of the Este clan who is not only a famous condottiere, but also a captain of the ambitious lord of Milan.
Evan Ostryzniuk was born and raised in western Canada where he attended the University of Saskatchewan. Former Homicide Detective Matt Haight is a ladies' man, all sexno commitment. Peter's Throne is the first book in English Free Company Series. I read sixty pages before concluding that I couldn't care less whether Geoffrey ever got to be a Knight. I immediately fell in love with Matt and Evan, both 40-something men with their own baggage. It was, however, worth it. Hurling missiles from a safe distance was an age old tactic and a fully integrated part of the medieval army, but whether as archers or crossbowmen, missile-throwers were always associated with the lower classes, and therefore condescended to by titled soldiers.
After graduating with a B. Personally I needed far more in the way of character description in order to distinguish between the large cast. Having begun his life in a monastery, Geoffrey battles twin passions for gambling and for God. Apologies for the tardy response. Evan Ostryzniuk currently resides in Kyiv, Ukraine. The need to do right inspires Geoffrey to take a personal stake in the outcome of the conflict. He was deliciously flawed, filled with life, and I wanted to cry every time the story veered away from him.