Fiction

An Uncommon Crusade

Winner of the 2011 Next Generation Indie Award for Religious Fiction

What people are saying

“How many times have we seen it? Dreams of glory melting away in the face of reality. Such was the ill-fated Children’s Crusade of the thirteenth century. In An Uncommon Crusade, Caron Guillo transports her readers back to a time when youthful exuberance died a thousand deaths. Some, however, found faith and courage in defeat. With warmth and humor, Guillo weaves an unforgettable story of hope and perseverance in a cruel and unforgiving world.”Jack Cavanaugh, Co-Author with Bill Bright of The Great Awakenings series

“From the first breath this epic journey seizes the mind and the soul in an intelligent and passionate web of brokenness and hope. Anchored in an absolutely astonishing historical account, An Uncommon Crusade grips you with the plight of three brave travelers. But beyond the intrigue and adventure, Caron’s story captivates because it’s our story . . . of innocence lost and redemption unexpectedly found. You will undoubtedly find yourself in these delightful pages!”Jerome Daley, Life Coach, speaker, and author of Soul Space and When God Waits

“Caron Guillo weaves a rich tapestry with An Uncommon Crusade, ushering you into another time and place with characters you can’t help but love. Her unique writing style blends three journeys into a powerful story of understanding, forgiveness, and transformation.”Jodi Thomas, New York Times Bestseller & Writer in Residence, West Texas A&M University

“Caron Guillo is a fresh voice in Christian fiction. She writes with an easy flow that brings life into a remarkable time period. This is an enjoyable read.”Terry Burns, author of On The Road Home, Saint’s Roost, and The Mysterious Ways Series

From the author

Several years ago I read an intriguing novel about the crusades which sent me to the encyclopedia in search of more information on the topic. At the end of the World Book article, I came across a few lines about a children’s crusade that ended in tragedy, most of the participants either dying prematurely in the Alps or being betrayed and sold into slavery in Africa.

I actually gasped and re-read the paragraph three or four times. What in the world would possess children to set off on such a misadventure or their parents to allow it?

Sometime later when I had the tools and time to research the subject properly, I discovered that at the forefront of the so-called children’s crusade was a charismatic and egotistical young commoner named Nicholas, that most of the “crusaders” were young adults, and that parents were generally terrified of the movement, seeking to protect their children from a disastrous end.

I couldn’t let the story go. Why would unarmed, untrained, unfinanced peasants think they could accomplish what professional armies had not? How desperate or deluded must an individual be to join such an ill-fated mission? And what about all those young people sold into slavery? How did they live with the consequences of their mistakes?

I began to envision a young woman who would do anything to win freedom from her past. A young man who dreams of rising above his lowly status to change the world. A would-be warrior looking for a fight, and perhaps a bit of fortune.

And so began my exploration into the lives of three young commoners who thought they had nothing left to lose.

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Published on March 15, 2010 at 6:57 pm  Leave a Comment  

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