Reconquista E-book £2.50 Paperback £8.99
No. 5 on Amazon YA Historical Fiction!
Long-listed Mslexia Children’s Novel 2016 Award
It is October 1264. Outside the city an army awaits the signal to attack.
Within the city walls, Nathan, his older cousin, Rebecca and their friend, Atta, face an uncertain future. On this fateful day, the city they have always known is about to be torn apart. Friends and family are about to be scattered far and wide.
In war-torn Al Andalus King and Emir vie for supremacy. Bandits and pirates roam land and sea in their wake, as our heroes set out on their desperate journeys to find freedom and safety. If they are to succeed, they must first face down their fears and decide what sort of people they want to be. All of them have to grow up. NOT ALL OF THEM WILL MAKE IT HOME.
Adventure, intrigue and self-discovery in 13th century Al Andalus.
Five stars on Amazon
‘Reconquista is brilliant. It vividly brings the past to life.’ Pre-publication reviewer.
‘This book is a real treat. I became immersed in the turbulent world of thirteenth century southern Spain; the politics, the landscape, the intrigue from the perspective of a small group of close friends.‘ Amazon review
‘This is such an exciting story. The very first chapter had me hooked and I just kept on reading.’ Amazon review
A novel for young adults and adventure story lovers of all ages. Reconquista is the first book in the ‘Al Andalus’ series. It reached No 5 in the Amazon YA Historical Fiction chart in April 2016.
From the eighth until the fifteenth century the Iberian peninsular was, wholly or in part, under Arab or Moorish rule, which extended around much of the Mediterranean Sea. For a time, Cordova (modern day Corboda), the capital of the Moorish Caliphs, was one of the most populous and beautiful centres of learning and science in the western world. But the caliphate crumbled, replaced by independent city states which, one by one, fell prey to invading armies, from the African south as invaders attempted to claim the old Caliphate for themselves and from the northern Christian armies. Successive Christian kings saw the re-conquest of the peninsular for Christendom as a holy quest (and a most lucrative enterprise). By the beginning of the thirteenth century much of what we now know as Spain was again under Christian rule, in kingdoms such as Aragon, Castile and Leon, and the Majorcas. These kingdoms were being united under the banner of the Re-conquista for a final push into Al Andalus.
‘Reconquista II'(working title) picks up where the first novel ended. Our heroes still have battles to fight, either out in the lawless countryside or at home in the city, as Jerez adjusts to life under its new rulers.
‘On the Edge of the World’, a later novel in the Al Andalus series, is set in Jerez and Cadiz, some two hundred years later, during the Age of Discovery. The Re-Conquest has just been completed with the fall of Granada, the last Moorish kingdom in Spain and the surrender of the fabulous Alhambra Palace to King Fernando and Queen Isabel. The Catholic monarchs are determined to unite Spain into one kingdom. It is a time of terror for some – the Inquisition is beginning its bloody purges – especially non-Christians or non-conformists. It is a time of opportunity and unparalleled riches for others – Cristobal Colon has discovered New Spain and the harbour at Cadiz is full of ships preparing for or returning from expeditions to the new world. This is the story of one mercantile family and their friends, caught up in the excitement and the fear, culminating in the Vendimia or grape harvest and the Inquisition issuing an Edict of Grace. For readers of all ages.
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