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Nothing set the crusader kingdoms apart from their enemies more than the role of women. The Muslims understood about religious fanactism -- but not about giving women a place, face, and voice in public affairs -- much less giving them real power. Read more at:
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Not religion, nor language, nor any other factor distinguished the crusader kingdoms more from their neighbors than the treatment of women. It is worth taking a moment to consider their unique status in these frontier states.
The crusader states, established at the beginning of the 12 century, rapidly developed unique political institutions and their own legal traditions. One of the most interesting ways in which they set themselves apart from con...
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Not exactly my period, but this man deserves more attention. Thank you to Madame Gilflurt for posting!
Dominique Jean Larrey (Paris, France, 8th July 1766 - Lyon, France, 25th July 1842) Napoleon named Larrey "the worthiest man I have ever met", seen here in an 1804  portrait by Anne-Louis Girodet de Roussy-Trioson Today I...
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Leprosy and lepers were a part of medieval society in a way unimaginable today. "Walking Corpses" is a scholarly work that highlights the fact that lepers far from being seen as outcasts and sinners were seen as "blessed" and in the Byzantine Empire it was even known as the Holy Disease. Read more at:
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Leprosy was so common in the Middle Ages that a militant order and thousands of monastic-like foundations were established to care for them. "Walking Corpses" is an excellent academic work that provides important insight into this too often neglected facet of medieval society. Very useful for my research about the reign of the "Leper King," Baldwin IV of Jerusalem.
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An avoidable defeat on this day in 1187 led to the loss of Christian Jerusalem three months later. Read more about the fateful Battle of Hattin here: http://schradershistoricalfiction.blogspot.com
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A Christian army suffered a devasting defeat on a plane above the sea of Galilee on July 4, 1187. In consequence, Jerusalem again fell under Muslim rule and the Kingdom of Jerusalem itself reduced to a single city: Tyre. The greatest tragedy, however, is that the defeat was avoidable. Read more:
July 4 marks not only U.S. Independence Day but also the anniversary of  the Battle of Hattin, fought in 1187.  The Battle of Hattin The devastating defeat of the combined Christian army at the Battle of Hattin ...
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Women played a significant role in the crusader kingdoms -- something that scandalized their opponents more than any other aspect of Christian society. After all, the Muslims understood about religious ferver -- but not women in power!
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Here's the revised cover image for the first book in the three part Balian d'Ibelin biographical novel, "Knight of Jerusalem." The publisher will take this and create the cover with title and byline. Comments, as always, are welcome from the group.
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Leprosy was widespread in the Middle Ages and lepers far more integrated in medieval society than you might think. (After all, one leper actually became king, Baldwin IV of Jerusalem!) "Walking Corpses" is an excellent scholarly work which provides important insights into the attitudes towards lepers.
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Not a topic for everyone I realize, but this book debunks some important myths and shows that the Chuch in both Byzantium and the West was instrumental in providing care and support for lepers.  Very useful resource for my book set in the reign of "The Leper King" Baldwin IV of Jerusalem as well. 
Walking Corpses: Leprosy in Byzantium and the Medieval West by Timothy S. Miller and John W. Nesbitt This is an important scholarly work on the treatment of lepers in the Middle Ages. It covers everything from theories on ...
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On July 4, 1187 the combined military forces of the crusader Kingdom of Jerusalem suffered a devastating defeat on the "Horns of Hattin" -- a plateau above the Sea of Galilee. The defeat denuded the Kingdom of fighting forces, and so exposed it to invasion. Within three months, Jerusalem itself had fallen -- never again to be in Christian hands -- and the entire kingdom had been reduced to a single city, Tyre.  Yet the defeat was far from inevitable. Read more: http://schradershistoricalfiction.blogspot.com
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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
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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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