The Land Beyond the Sea

The Land Beyond the Sea

From critically acclaimed New York Times bestselling author Sharon Kay Penman comes the story of the reign of King Baldwin IV and the Kingdom of Jerusalem's defense against invaders during the Crusades.

The Kingdom of Jerusalem, also known as Outremer, is the land far beyond the sea. Baptized in blood when the men of the First Crusade captured Jerusalem from the Saracens in 1099, the kingdom defined an utterly new world, a place where enemies were neighbors and neighbors became enemies.

At the helm of this growing kingdom sits young Baldwin IV, an intelligent and courageous boy committed to the welfare and protection of his people. But despite Baldwin's dedication to his land, he is afflicted with leprosy at an early age, and the threats against his power and his health nearly outweigh the risk of battle. As political deception scours the halls of the royal court, the Muslim army, led by the first sultan of Egypt and Syria, Saladin, is never far from the kingdom's doorstep, and there are only a handful of people Baldwin can trust, including the legendary archbishop William of Tyre and Lord Balian d'Ibelin, a charismatic leader who has been one of the few to maintain the peace.

Filled with drama and battle, tragedy and romance, Sharon Kay Penman's latest novel brings a definitive period of history vividly alive with a tale of power and glory that will resonate with readers today.

Title:The Land Beyond the Sea
ISBN:9780399165283
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  • Jeffrey Keeten

    ”He had grown up in a land at war, had never known a peace that was not fleeting, as ephemeral as the morning mists, and he’d accepted that as the natural order of things. It was different now. Fr...

  • Roman Clodia

    "Agnes de Courtenay is surely the greatest bitch in all of Christendom!" I'm a fan of Penman's meticulous, detailed historical fiction but have to admit that this is one of my least favourite of he...

  • Jenifer

    As someone who has been reading, loving, and re-reading Sharon Kay Penman's novels for over 20 years, I was thrilled to be granted access to an advance reader copy via Edelweiss. The Land Beyond the S...

  • Marquise

    Despite the hyper-glowing early reviews for this, a sensible reviewer here on Goodreads pointed out this novel has issues bound to bother me a lot. And considering that I'm not interested in the Crusa...

  • Iset

    What a relief it is to read a good book after a string of bad and mediocre ones. Getting drawn in to Sharon Penman’s latest book, The Land Beyond the Sea, was so easy. It was something I could relax...

  • Melisende

    This is my style of book - my favourite period in history - characters I am well familiar with - an author whose works I love. What more could I want!...

  • Laura

    5* The Sunne in Splendour5* When Christ and His Saints Slept (Henry II and Eleanor of Aquitaine #1)4* Time and Chance (Henry II & Eleanor of Aquitaine, #2)5* Devil's Brood (Henry II & Eleanor of Aquit...

  • Susan Johnson

    I have two new heroes- King Baldwin and Sir Bilian. They ran the Earth in 1172 in the Middle East. They kept the Muslims at bay from the Holy Lands and protected the Christian relics. They were remark...

  • Kristen

    My Blog | My TwitterFor my full review, please visit my blog.Many people are at least a little familiar with the Crusades, Richard the Lionheart, and Saladin. Far fewer, I would wager, know about the ...

  • Pamela

    Penman’s latest historical novel is set in 1172 in the Kingdom of Jerusalem. When his father dies, thirteen-year-old Baldwin ascends the throne. During his election to become the titular leader of t...