God’s Kingdom: A Novel

Note: This is still a work-in-progress, so this book blurb will likely change once I have completed the writing of God’s Kingdom. My plan/hope is to complete the first draft in 2021. I also plan to turn God’s Kingdom into a 2 or even 3-part series.

In 1164, German lord Johannes mortgages the Baron of Saar — his barony — to an older cousin so that he, his second wife Bernadine and step-son Wilfred can begin their lives anew in the Holy Land.  Johannes’s deepest desire is to fulfill his vows to God and to his deceased former wife, something he wasn’t able to do during the ill-fated Second Crusade.  But like any nobleman, he wants Wilfred to marry a daughter of a Frankish knight so that they can gain a foothold in the Holy Land.

Wilfred’s only desires in life are to carry on Siegfried’s – his real father’s – legacy as a fearless and valiant knight and marry a woman he loves.  The Holy Land offers him that very chance, something Wilfred eagerly anticipates, but there is one condition: Wilfred must prove himself a capable swordsman before he is granted permission to marry a Frankish knight’s daughter.

Years before, Bernadine’s heart is shattered when the Baron Johannes tells her about her husband Siegfried’s death the day he returns from their campaign in northern Italy.  Soon after, she finds out that her older brother had died thus making her the heir to her father’s barony which is nearly a half day’s journey north of Saar.  Her sudden elevation in status makes her eligible to marry the baron Johannes.  Johannes had been Siegfried’s good friend and he would be a good father to Wilfred, thus making him the ideal husband, but Bernadine’s marriage to him is anything but blissful.  Her resentment towards him causes her to make a mistake that nearly costs her her marriage, but also her life.

They hope for and have faith that life in the Kingdom of Jerusalem will be one of healing, faith and military valor, but once they arrive there, they encounter far greater challenges than the ones they already face.  Salah-ad-Din has united the Islamic armies with only one goal in mind: to drive the Christians to the sea.  So, their defense of the Kingdom of Jerusalem becomes a fight of survival and a test of faith.

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