BY HELENA P. SCHRADER

THE HOLY LAND IN THE ERA OF THE CRUSADES:

KINGDOMS AT THE CROSS-ROADS OF CIVILIZATIONS

SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE 2021

While “the crusades” have become a synonym for brutality and bigotry, the crusader states represented a positive example of harmonious coexistence between Muslims, Jews, and Christians. Likewise, while scholars from a wide range of disciplines including archaeology, art history, and medicine have published extensively on diverse aspects of the crusader states, to date there is no single introductory work that provides a comprehensive overview of these unique states as a starting point for the uninitiated.

The Holy Land in the Era of the Crusades:
Kingdoms at the Crossroads of Civilizations

by Helena P. Schrader aims to fill this gap while correcting common misconceptions. It will bring together recent scholarly research on a range of topics to create a comprehensive description. It will cover the history, demography, state institutions, foreign policy, economy, art, architecture, and lifestyle of the people who lived in the crusader states in the period from 1100 to 1300. It will be organized topically rather than chronologically, although the introductory chapter will provide an historical overview. An additional chapter on the rise and fall of the House of Ibelin gives the entire history a human face, while a collection of short biographical sketches of key figures will also be provided as an appendix.

The Holy Land in the Era of the Crusades: Kingdoms at the Crossroads of Civilizations is currently being researched and drafted. It will be released in 2021 by Pen & Sword in the UK.

Forthcoming Publications

SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE JULY 2020


A landless knight, a Byzantine princess and a leper king—
The story of Balian d’Ibelin in the years before his fame.


 He saved tens of thousands of women and children from slavery and brought peace between Richard the Lionheart and Saladin. Arab chronicles said he was “like a king,” yet he came to manhood as a younger son with neither land nor titles. In this comprehensive revision of the first book in the Jerusalem Trilogy, Schrader evokes the underlying currents and powerful personalities that shaped the Kingdom of Jerusalem. She weaves history with hypotheses to create a credible, if fictional, backstory for a hero: Balian d’Ibelin.