Necklace of the Dove -- a novel

Someday this "Hunger Games" meets the Crusades may be published. In the meantime, I've written two short stories from it -- "Gates of Shaizar" and "Shaman," at fantasy stories, www.short-story.me
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Louis VII of France stopped by the Crusader principality of Antioch on his way to the second Crusade.  The fact that the prince of Antioch was the uncle of Louis's wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, didn't stop rumors of an affair between them.

Louis VII of France stopped by the Crusader principality of Antioch on his way to the second Crusade. The fact that the prince of Antioch was the uncle of Louis's wife, Eleanor of Aquitaine, didn't stop rumors of an affair between them.

Contemporary memoirs said hyenas were plentiful in the medieval Middle East -- and they're the scariest animals I can imagine!  National Geographic -- sorry, no date or photographer.

Contemporary memoirs said hyenas were plentiful in the medieval Middle East -- and they're the scariest animals I can imagine! National Geographic -- sorry, no date or photographer.

The real fortress of Shaizar in Syria -- ruined by earthquake in the 12th century.  The characters passed through here when there were walls & guards.

The real fortress of Shaizar in Syria -- ruined by earthquake in the 12th century. The characters passed through here when there were walls & guards.

Heat, sand & horses -- National Geographic story on 1st Crusade, December 1963, painting by Stanley Meltzoff.

Heat, sand & horses -- National Geographic story on 1st Crusade, December 1963, painting by Stanley Meltzoff.

The characters will need plenty of sharp weapons -- National Geographic, date and photographer unknown.

The characters will need plenty of sharp weapons -- National Geographic, date and photographer unknown.

Arab-American Philip K. Hitti translated this 12th century memoir in 1929.  My collectible copy -- but newer editions at www.amazon.com

Arab-American Philip K. Hitti translated this 12th century memoir in 1929. My collectible copy -- but newer editions at www.amazon.com

12th century characters Blaise & Alia would have recognized this street scene.  National Geographic, date & photographer unknown.

12th century characters Blaise & Alia would have recognized this street scene. National Geographic, date & photographer unknown.

Pilgrims pass a holy man's tomb beyond irrigated fields.  National Geographic, December 1966.

Pilgrims pass a holy man's tomb beyond irrigated fields. National Geographic, December 1966.

Emperor Manuel I of Byzantium married the beautiful heiress of the Crusader princedom of Antioch.

Emperor Manuel I of Byzantium married the beautiful heiress of the Crusader princedom of Antioch.

There's a Syrian connection, National Geographic photo, date & photographer unknown.

There's a Syrian connection, National Geographic photo, date & photographer unknown.


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Contemporary memoirs said hyenas were plentiful in the medieval Middle East -- and they're the scariest animals I can imagine!  National Geographic -- sorry, no date or photographer.

Contemporary memoirs said hyenas were plentiful in the medieval Middle East -- and they're the scariest animals I can imagine! National Geographic -- sorry, no date or photographer.

The characters will need plenty of sharp weapons -- National Geographic, date and photographer unknown.

The characters will need plenty of sharp weapons -- National Geographic, date and photographer unknown.

Arab-American Philip K. Hitti translated this 12th century memoir in 1929.  My collectible copy -- but newer editions at www.amazon.com

Arab-American Philip K. Hitti translated this 12th century memoir in 1929. My collectible copy -- but newer editions at www.amazon.com

SMU wanted picture boards for stories -- I couldn't bear to throw them away after class!  National Geographic, date & photographer unknown.

SMU wanted picture boards for stories -- I couldn't bear to throw them away after class! National Geographic, date & photographer unknown.

Victory of the Varangian Rus over the Pechenegs at Eski Zagra, by Giuseppe Rava, 1122

Victory of the Varangian Rus over the Pechenegs at Eski Zagra, by Giuseppe Rava, 1122

Byzantine officer, VII-VIII C. AD.

Byzantine officer, VII-VIII C. AD.

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Catafractos bizantinos durante la dinastía de los Comenos. Más en www.elgrancapitan.org/foro

Catafractos bizantinos durante la dinastía de los Comenos. Más en www.elgrancapitan.org/foro

Катафракти/ Cataphractaires.

Катафракти/ Cataphractaires.

Constantine IX Monomachos Emperor of Byzantium

Constantine IX Monomachos Emperor of Byzantium

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