Deus Lo Volt!
A Chronicle of the Crusades
By (author) Evan S. Connell
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Deus Lo Volt! by Evan S. Connell
Book DescriptionThe year is 1095. The most prominent leaders of the Christian world have assembled in a meadow in France near Clermont. Pope Urban appeals for the liberation of Jerusalem and cries out Deus lo volt!, God Wills It! The cry is taken up, echoes forth and is carried on. Wave upon wave of Christian pilgrims rush to assault the growing power of Muslims in the Holy Land and will do so for the next two hundred years. Most able men become soldiers of the Cross, and when a man is prevented by old age or ill health, he sends his son. Women, too, go to fight alongside the men. 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. A magisterial recounting of this great and terrible campaign, "Deus lo Volt!" tells with stunning immediacy one soldier's first-hand experience of the defining war of Christendom.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780712668040
(234mm x 156mm x 32mm)
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Publish Date: 5-Jul-2001
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Evan S. Connell
Mr Bridge, Paperback (January 2013)
Walter Bridge, husband to India and father to three, is a successful lawyer in a Kansas suburb. The daily dramas of his life only serve to illuminate his prejudice, self-doubts and dreary existence - his Christmas gifts to the family are stock certificates, which he immediately takes back to manage on their behalf.
Mrs Bridge, Paperback (June 2012)
Mrs Bridge, an unremarkable and conservative housewife in Kansas City, has three children and a kindly lawyer husband. She spends her time with shopping, going to bridge parties and bringing up her children to be pleasant, clean and have nice manners.
White Lantern and Other Pursuits, Paperback (November 2011)
Tells tales of real-life adventure ranging from the archaeology of Olduvai gorge to the exploration of the Antarctic, and from Viking voyages to an Ice Age xylophone.
Aztec Treasure House, Paperback (September 2002)» View all books by Evan S. Connell
This text features essays on the advances made in anthropology, archaeology, astronomy and linguistics, stories of the Anasazi, the "old ones" of the southwestern desert and tales of the great explorers, eccentrics, dreamers, scientists, cranks and geniuses.
UK Kirkus Review » The title Deus Lo Volt! means 'God wills it!' - the rallying cry that began the Crusades to liberate Jerusalem from the Muslims in the 11th and 12th centuries. This extraordinary account of that campaign tells the whole story through the tale of one Frenchman who fought for the cause. A huge, culture-defining work of historical imagination. (Kirkus UK)
US Kirkus Review » The Crusades of the late-11th through early-13th centuries are the subjects of this brimming, though by no means sprawling, semidocumentary novel, Connell's first since The Alchemist's Journal (1991). Beginning with his enormously successful nonfictional history of Custer's Last Stand, Son of the Morning Star (1984), Connell has cultivated an increasingly opaque, stripped-down style that he modulates to telling effect in this anecdotal summary overview of the numerous attempts by many different ``soldiers of Christ' to liberate the holy city of Jerusalem from Muslim ``infidels'because, they are commanded to believe, ``God wills it!' (Deus lo volt!). Jean de Joinville, son of an illustrious Frankish family, tells of his service in the Holy Land as ``seneschal' (personal steward) to pious French King Louis IX; but Jean's (foreshortened) own story is preceded by fully four-fifths of the text, which recounts at leisure and in (often fascinating) dense period detail the history of Christianity's long foreign ordeal, beginning with Pope Urban's impassioned call-to-arms in a.d. 1095. The books eccentric proportions, however, in no way diminish the effect of the ravishing tale Connell spins (in the economical manner perfected by such classical historians as Herodotus and Livy): a colorful chronicle of exhaustive political intrigue, military hardship, heroism, and sacrifice, and rapturously related ``miracles'culled from various contemporary sources, featuring such vivid historical figures as Richard the Lion-Hearted and the wily Saracen leader Saladin, and expressed in Jean de Joinville's grave, reverential, utterly convincing voice. Deus lo volt! isn't exactly a novel; it's more of a narrative ``omnium gatherum,' or ``anatomy,' much closer in spirit to medieval saints' lives and wonder tales than to virtually any contemporary fiction about its demanding subject (Zoe Oldenbourg's almost forgotten historical novels are perhaps its closest equivalent). 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. (Kirkus Reviews)
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Author Biography - Evan S. Connell
Evan S Connell, long recognised as one of the most important American literary voices, is the author of seventeen books, including Mrs. Bridge, Mr. Bridge, and the best-selling Son of the Morning Star (Pimlico), his account of Custer's final battle at the Little Big Horn. He lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico
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