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Deus Lo Volt! Chronicle of the Crusades a Novel by Evan S. Connell.

DESCRIPTION: Softcover: 462 pages. Publisher: Counterpoint; (2000). ISBN: 1582430659. A magisterial work of historical imagination. A stunningly immediate, first-person account of one soldier's experience of the defining war of Christendom! The year is 1095. Thousands of men, including many of the leaders of the Christian world, have assembled in a meadow in France near Clermont. Pope Urban appeals for the liberation of Jerusalem and the people shout, Deus lo volt! The cry is taken up, echoes forth, is carried on. The crusades have begun. Wave upon wave of Christian pilgrims assault the growing power of the Muslims in the Holy Land, and will do so for the next two hundred years. Most able men become soldiers of the Cross, and many of their women fight alongside them. It is a time of great adventure; of great exploration and cultural change. Uniting Christian Europe in a common cause, the crusades defined forever the spirit of the West.

CONDITION: Light shelf wear, remainder mark on bottom, one page inside is dog eared, otherwise in Like New condition.

PLEASE SEE IMAGES BELOW FOR SAMPLE PAGES FROM INSIDE OF BOOK.

PLEASE SEE PUBLISHER, PROFESSIONAL, AND READER REVIEWS BELOW.

PUBLISHER REVIEW:

REVIEW: From the best-selling author of Son of the Morning Star and Mrs. Bridge comes a magisterial tale of a great and terrible campaign, recounting one soldier's experiences of the defining war of Christendom. Evan S. Connell, long recognized as one of the most important literary voices of the latter part of the century, is author of seventeen books, including the best-selling Mrs. Bridge, Mr. Bridge, and Son of the Morning Star. He recently won the Lannan Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

PROFESSIONAL REVIEWS:

REVIEW: Arraying himself wholly in a medieval mindset for this difficult, ungainly but rewarding novel, Connell writes a massive, determinedly archaic history of the crusades from the point of view of a French knight. Jean Joinville, a participant in the disastrous second crusade under Louis IX, begins his chronicle with the first crusade, in 1095, and ends with the taking of Acre in 1290 by the forces of Ashraf Khalil, which effectively ended the mad attempt to make Palestine a Christian protectorate. In assuming Joinville's persona, Connell embraces both the man's style and his conceptual limits. As presented by Connell, the medieval mind is a promiscuous mix of piety and brutality. By the knight's account, the first crusade, which prompts pogroms against Jews in Germany, involves intricate treachery among the Christian hosts in Asia Minor and culminates in the horrific sack of Jerusalem, is taken to express God's miraculous design.

The second crusade pits Saladin against Richard the Lionhearted. Joinville's depiction of the English king captures his inconsistent character, while Saladin evokes some rare passages of nonpartisan admiration. The book ends with Joinville's account of captivity at the hands of infidels in Egypt, of being ransomed with Louis IX and of Louis's homecoming. Connell's antiquarian "forgery," which is in the line of novels like Yourcenar's "Memoirs of Hadrian", is a great feat of historic empathy. Or to quote Joinville: "What adventures they recounted left us agape as if we heard some ancient epic, or looked upon some tapestry of days half remembered."

REVIEW: Thanks to the big screen, Evan Connell may be best known for "Mr. Bridge" and "Mrs. Bridge", his and hers novels in which he recorded the tribulations of a Midwestern family. But Connell is no mere purveyor of WASPish minimalism. His greatest accomplishment to date is probably "Son of a Morning Star", an account of Custer's foolish and fatal engagement at Little Big Horn. "Deus lo Volt!" is cut from a similar historical cloth. This time, however, Connell has chosen a lengthier (and bloodier) conflict for his subject: Christendom's crusade against the Muslims. Pope Urban set this so-called holy war in motion in 1095, when he urged a vast army to reclaim Jerusalem from those "Turks, Persians, Arabs, accursed, estranged from God, that have laid waste by fire and sword to the walls of Constantinople, to the Arm of Saint George". In no time at all, entire nations obliged him.

Does not a wheel turn slowly at first? Now faster, faster. Knights mortgaged their estates, great or small, farmers sold their plows, artisans their tools, each after his fashion preparing to liberate the Holy Land. Some who felt reluctant or undecided got unwelcome gifts to express contempt, a knitting needle, a distaff. Meanwhile the clerics of France distributed swords, staves, pilgrim wallets. Rallying to the cry of "Deus lo volt!" ("God wills it!"), these liberators threw themselves at the ramparts of Jerusalem for nearly 200 years. The sheer duration of the conflict would tax the skills of almost any traditional novelist.

His prose echoes the language of the period without ever lapsing into Prince Valiant-style mannerism, and the result is a fascinating hybrid of scholarship and swordplay. At times the carnage defies belief: "Here were Angevins and Normans thrusting through eyes, through mouths, chopping off hands or feet, so many Turks dropping that pilgrims stumbled over heaps of bodies on the sand." Among other things, however, "Deus lo Volt!" is an astonishing episode in the history of ethnic cleansing, which makes it not only a medieval epic but a disturbingly modern one.

REVIEW: Connell, the author of 17 novels, has taken on history before with great success in his best-selling "Son of the Morning Star", an account of Custer's Last Stand. Here, he doesn't rest on past laurels. Recounted by a French nobleman at the end of the 1200's, this novel of the Crusades is rich history, populated with larger-than-life figures like Richard the Lion-Hearted and the Saracen palanquin Saladin. The action moves through grand set pieces such as the siege of Acre, the disastrous Children's Crusade, and the Westerners' sack of Constantinople. There are more rogues than heroes in this tale of the doomed attempt to take and keep the Holy Land, a venture that failed through human weakness as much as the logistics of supply and communication. The account is written in the style of a medieval chronicler and maintains interest throughout. A very good story indeed, this should appeal to many readers.

REVIEW: "God wills it!" The year is 1095 and the most prominent leaders of the Christian world are assembled in a meadow in France. Deus lo volt! This cry is taken up, echoes forth, is carried on. The Crusades have started, and wave after wave of Christian pilgrims rush to assault the growing power of Muslims in the Holy Land. Two centuries long, it will become the defining war of the Western world. Magnificent stuff. Readers who have already been captivated by Connell's departures from conventional fictional form will be eager to follow him down this curious and remarkable book's intricate, pristine, and illuminating path.

REVIEW: With Deus Lo Volt!, Connell's new novel of the Christian Crusades, he seems to have found a way to take all that is great from his early work and turn it into a devastating novel. The book is also in many ways a perfect summation of his career. Living American authors of his stature can be counted on one hand. His subject spans the whole of the twelfth century, when European kings and popes strove to conquer and hold the Holy Land for Christendom. Here is one of the great books of our time, written by a living master. Read it for yourself and see.

REVIEW: A book so richly detailed and gorgeously composed, so meticulously and profoundly researched that one can only wonder that its creation took but a decade. The racing, bracing ferocity of the prose in "Deus lo Volt", never mind of its subject, the Crusades, is astonishing. Rare is such scholarship. But this is Evan S. Connell, one of America's greatest writers. This is a novel as exciting as you can get from the most ardent writer of adventure. What to call the book; novel, history, account? Be content that it needs no classification. Jerusalem is with us in these magisterial pages.

READER REVIEWS:

REVIEW: I picked the book as I enjoy history and historically-based fiction. The latter genre allows the reader to enjoy a story based on History without necessarily being very well versed in the period. The cover of this book says "A Novel By...", not even close. Mr. Connell describes the book thusly "I think of this as a book about the crusades, not an "historical novel" a term that suggests imaginary experiences and unlikely conversations. Monologues and dialogues in the book are paraphrased or condensed from those in medieval documents. Every meeting, every conversation, every triumph or defeat, no matter how small, was recorded centuries ago."

I do not spend much time reading the book jacket/advertising, so I found myself with a History book on the Crusades, despite the publisher's comment "a towering work of the imagination". I wondered if the jacket and the book matched. Listen to the man who wrote the book. What makes this book special is that it is so well written that the result is highly readable, this is not a textbook of the Crusades, or at least does not read like one. So Jean, a soldier on the Christian side of this epic, takes the reader with him and shares the immediacy of a firsthand experience. There are maps provided so that those names of places and cities that have not survived the last 1000 years, can be found easily by reference.

It's true that the more you know about the topic the more easily you may read through this work. However, if your knowledge is limited as mine was at page one, you still will enjoy the book. Novel, Historical Fiction, or History? From the standpoint of a reader's enjoyment, it matters little. The writing talent overcomes what the reader may lack, and the reading experience is excellent.

REVIEW: This book is very entertaining. It took me about four tries to get through it, but I kept coming back for more. Since characters come and go over the more than a century and a half sweep of this narrative and there is no simple overarching plot, it doesn't suffer much from such sporadic reading, particularly if you have some prior knowledge of the history it covers. Deus Lo Volt doesn't whitewash or demonize the history of the Crusades. It shows fools, villains, and flawed characters, but it also shows heroic and pious characters (such as the saintly King Louis IX). The brilliant device of using a 13th century crusader (with unexplained access to everything written about previous crusades by Christian or Mohammedan chroniclers) as the narrator adds a ring of authenticity and allows it to take, at least on the surface, a frankly and unawkwardly pro-Christian tone.

What the real author's historical judgment is, whether he sympathizes with or means to mock the narrator's perspective of Faith and desire for Christianity to survive in the Holy Land, thus becomes irrelevant. Spared the prospects of either heavy-handed modernist moralizing and revisionist history or apologetics and romanticizing, we can just enjoy a rollicking good ride through an exciting period of history filled with colorful characters, gritty details, and amazing anecdotes. I only wish Ridley Scott had allowed us to have this much unpoliticized fun at the movies. Incidentally, I've read a couple of history books on the Crusades and recognized many of the events related in this book. So, although Connell doesn't give sources or make any strong claims, I can believe "Deus lo Volt!", at least in all of its main features, is basically history collected and presented in the form of an entertaining, novel-like chronical, rather than being historical fiction. If many of the asides and exotic anecdotes are fabricated, they sure are imaginative and enjoyable.

REVIEW: "Deus lo Volt!" is a very impressive work. The medieval Christian perspective of the book is what makes it so incredible. The depth of the facts makes it seems like a text book, yet the reader is constantly reminded who the "good" and "bad" guys are. I admire Connell for writing a book that so defies contemporary concepts of political correctness and religious tolerance; he gives "Deus lo Volt!" a sense of authenticity. Yes, it is a bit troubling to see every Crusader described as ascending to heaven, even if they were raping innocent Saracen women at the time. Yet everything must be regarded in proper historical context, though that may be a challenge for readers. Overall, this is an excellent, informative book for students of medieval history.

REVIEW: This book is great. I think of it as being the "Anabasis of the Crusaders". The older style of English in this book is really simple to read, and its great how well all of the history is tied together in this narrative without ever getting sidetracked. If you need a very good book to show you this history of the crusades as they were, this is the book. Any movie based off of the Crusades should be built from this book.

REVIEW: I liked it, and it kept my interest throughout. I was on a Crusades reading binge, and found this one of the more interesting books on that important two centuries of turmoil. If you like historical fiction, this is worth the read. Connell, I read somewhere, said that virtually the whole book is excerpts from translated accounts of crusaders and others of the period, so that he does not himself regard it as a volume of fiction; but it reads that way, and is quite enjoyable.

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