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- DescriptionIt's 1229, the year of the Christian 'Reconquest' of Mallorca from the Moors, a Muslim people of Afro-Arabic origin who have ruled Spain in cultural splendour for five hundred years. Heading the Christian invasion is King Jaume I, the dashing 21-year-old ruler of the rthern Spanish kingdom of Aragon, who sets out for Mallorca with a mighty armada of one hundred and fifty ships carrying some fifteen thousand foot soldiers and fifteen hundred cavalry. The helmsman of the royal galley is Pedrito Blanes, a strapping Mallorcan peasant of the same age as King Jaume. This is his story. Pedrito has spent five years as a slave of Moorish pirates and is w eager to return to his family on the island. Despite their disparate backgrounds, a firm friendship develops between the two young men, a bond fortified by the perils of the sea voyage and destined to survive the disapproval of the youthful king's entourage of powerful bles and clergymen - as well as Pedrito's patent lack of enthusiasm for the monarch's zealous commitment to warfare in the name of religion. Set against a backdrop of breathtaking Mediterranean scenery, an enthralling saga dictated by the vagaries of fate unfolds.The horror and brutality of battle is countered by the tenderness shown to Christian Pedrito in an unexpected encounter with two Muslim women - one older than him, the other younger - which reveals heart-rending aspects of his past and sows the seeds of a forbidden romantic relationship punishable by death. Yet there are threads of humour woven discreetly into this intense, action-packed yarn - a rare quality that puts Song of the Eight Winds in a niche unique within the genre of historical fiction.
- Author BiographyScotland's Peter Kerr became established as a bestselling author via his award-winning 'Snowball Oranges' series of narrative travelogues. The books recount his family's often hilarious experiences while attempting to grow oranges for a living - an occupation of which they knew absolutely nothing - on a little farm in the mountains of the Spanish island of Mallorca during the1980s. Those five books and their prequel, the set-in-Scotland 'Thistle Soup', sell in large numbers worldwide and have been translated into several languages. Now concentrating on writing fiction, Peter's stories, which all contain his hallmark brand of dry humour, range in theme from the offbeat 'Bob Burns Investigates' mysteries to his first historical novel, 'Song of the Eight Winds', an epic tale of Medieval Spain. In his venturesome, roller coaster ride through life, Peter has been a Civil Service Executive Officer (for eighteen reluctant months!), professional jazz musician, record producer, farmer of beef cattle, and rookie Mallorcan orange grower - which is where we came in. Married with two grown-up sons, he now lives back in his home county of East Lothian, 'The Garden of Scotland'.
- Author(s)Peter Kerr
- Date of Publication01/11/2012
- SubjectCrime, Thriller & Adventure
- Place of PublicationHaddington
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- Content Note3 b&w maps plus 1 b&w 8-Winds icon
- Weight635 g
- Width152 mm
- Height228 mm
- Spine32 mm
- Edition Statement1
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