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The Children's Crusade - Henry Treece

The Bodley Head, 1960, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dustwrapper. Gently faded at the spine of the dustwrapper with some scuffing to the lower panel. Price Clipped. Text complete, clean and tight.

From the cover: “In A. D. 1212 a twelve-year-old shepherd boy, called Stephen, went to King Philip of France with a letter which he said came from Christ himself, bidding Stephen organise a Crusade to rescue the holy city of Jerusalem from the hands of the Infidel. In spite of the King’s disapproval, this strange boy announced that he would lead this Crusade, and that it would be of children.

Children at that time had no books to read, and those of spirit and imagination must have longed to see the world which their elders described to them. It is said that thirty thousand Young Crusaders flocked to join Stephen, hoping to gain glory and success in the Holy Land. So, like massed starlings, they set forth on their migration, as heedless to suffering as are the birds themselves, trusting in Stephen’s promise that he would make the sea dry up before them so that they could cross it in safety. Henry Treece has made a wonderful story out of this tragic but inspired Crusade..”


Jacket designed by Christine Price. Size: 8" x 5¼". Red boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 158 pages.
£8.50

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