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A Spartan would have found himself a fish out of water (or should I say a lion lost at sea?) in an Athenian symposium -- just as Leonidas does here in this excerpt from "A Peerless Peer" at: http://spartareconsidered.blogspot.com
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It is the fate of tens of thousands of Christian women who went into Saracen slavery when the Kingdom of Jerusalem was overrun by Saladin's forces which haunts the hero of award-winning "Envoy of Jerusalem," Balian d'Ibelin, from start to finish of the novel. Find out more about the two fictional characters who represent those women and so provide the thematic mortar to the novel at: http://schradershistoricalfiction.blogspot.com

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Today I end my series on the fictional characters in award-winning "Envoy of Jerusalem" with the sisters Beatrice and Constance d'Auber. I've saved the best for last. Find out why these two fictional women are as important to the novel as Richard the Lionheart and Saladin.
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Nope, because they're not in Jerusalem. They are taken when Ibelin falls, and Balian isn't there.
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Doryleaum was the first major battle of the crusades. Find out more about the events leading up to it at: http://defendingcrusaderkingdoms.blogspot.com or http://realcrusadeshistory.blogspot.com.
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Battles of the Crusades: The Road to Dorylaeum:
I'm pleased to present the first entry in the "Battles of the Crusades" series by Rand Brown II. Rand will be bringing us short essays on some of the most important battles of the crusades at irregular intervals. For each battle, he plans to provide a discu...
I'm pleased to present the first entry in the "Battles of the Crusades" series by Rand Brown II. Rand will be bringing us short essays on some of the most important battles of the crusades at irregular intervals. For each bat...
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Professor Riley-Smith, one of the great crusader historians of the 20th Century has left a great legacy. One of the overlooked gems is his book "Feudal Nobility and the Kingdom of Jerusalem 1174 - 1291." This is both an invaluable resource to the researcher and a goldmine to the novelist. Read the full review at: 
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A Spartan would have found himself a fish out of water (or should I say a lion lost at sea?) in an Athenian symposium -- just as Leonidas does here in this excerpt from "A Peerless Peer" at: http://spartareconsidered.blogspot.com
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Although fictional, Beatrice and Constance d'Auber are as important to award-winning "Envoy of Jerusalem" as Richard the Lionheart and Saladin. Find out why at: http://schradershistoricalfiction.blogspot.com

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The Battle of Dorylaeum was the first major battle -- and Christian victory -- of the crusades. Find out more about the events leading up to this pivotal battle in a guest entry by Rand Brown II at:
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Today Rand Brown II provides a summary of the events leading up to the first major battle of the crusades -- the Battle of Dorylaeum. This is the first in a period series by Rand on the major battles of the crusades.
+ Real Crusades History + is pleased to present the first entry in the "Battles of the Crusades" series by Rand Brown II. Rand will be bringing us short essays on some of the most important battles of the crusades at irregula...
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Books on Medieval Ages that we all can read  - 
 
Ever wonder what life was really like in the Holy Land? How estates were run, taxes collected, and disputes resolved? Did you wonder what products were exported, and what professions were registered? As a novelist, I need to know all that, so I was delighted to discover a work by one of the great crusader historians of the 20th century: "Feudal Nobility and the Kingdom of Jerusalem, 1174 - 1291" by Jonathan Riley-Smith. Read the full review at: 
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Historian Riley-Smith provides one of the most in-depth descriptions of life in Outremer in his outstanding work "Feudal Nobility and the Kingdom of Jerusalem 1174 - 1291." It is a goldmine for a novelist, who needs to be able to describe everyday life in the crusader kingdoms. Read my full review at: 
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Work
Occupation
Novelist, Historian and Diplomat
Skills
Novelist and Historian
Employment
  • U.S. Department of State
    Foreign Service Officer, 2005 - present
  • Intermezzo Ventures GmbH
    Investor Relations Manager, 2003 - 2005
  • Mediport Venture Capital GmbH
    Investor Relations Manager, 2001 - 2003
  • FortuneCity.com
    Investor Relations Manager, 1999 - 2001
  • Bankgesellschaft Berlin
    Investor Relations Manager, 1996 - 1999
Story
Tagline
Historian, Historical Novelist, Diplomat
Introduction
Historian:
 
Earned a PhD in History from University of Hamburg with a ground-breaking biography of the mastermind behind the coup attempt against Hitler on July 20, 1944, General Friedrich Olbricht.
 
Non-Fiction Publications (History):
  • The German Resistance to Hitler: Codename Valkyrie: General Friedrich Olbricht and the Plot Against Hitler, Haynes Publishing, 2009.
  • The Berlin Airlift: The Blockade Breakers, The History Press, 2008.
  • Women in Aviation: Sisters in Arms: British and American Women Pilots in World War II, Pen & Sword Aviation, 2006.
Historical Novelist:
 
Specialist in historical fiction and biographical fiction set in Ancient Sparta, the Middle Ages and World War Two (WWII).
 
Ancient Sparta (Ancient Greece):
 
  • King Leonidas and Queen Gorgo: a biographical novel in three parts: Leonidas of Sparta: A Boy of the Agoge, Leonidas of Sparta: A Peerless Peer, Leonidas of Sparta: A Heroic King
  • Archaic Sparta: Are They Singing in Sparta? Spartan Slave, Spartan Queen, The Olympic Charioteer.
The Middle Ages - The Age of Chivalry
 
  • Tales from the Languedoc during the Albigensian Crusades: A Widow's Crusade, The Disinherited, The Devil's Knight (not yet released).
  • Tales from the Crusader Kingdoms: The Lion of Karpas, a novel about the Latin Kingdom of Cyprus in the early 13th Century (not yet released.)
  • Biographical novel about Balian d'Ibelin, the defender of Jerusalem against Saladin. (In progress.)
  • The Templar Tales: St. Louis Knight, The English Templar.
Second World War (World War II, WWII)
 
  • Battle of Britain: Chasing the Wind, (published in Kindle format as: Where Eagles Never Flew.
  • The Air War 1943: The Lady in the Spitfire.
  • The German Resistance to Hitler: An Obsolete Honor (published in Kindle format as Hitler's Demons.)
Diplomat:
 
Career Foreign Service Officer -- hence several of my books have a focus on diplomacy.
Bragging rights
"Chasing the Wind" received the Reviewers Choice Award from Reader Views in 2008.
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