We're joined by Robyn Young, the historical fiction author best known for her Brethren trilogy, the first book of which went straight into the Sunday Times Top Ten and became a bestselling hardback debut. Robyn's latest series is called New World Rising and follows the period of the Wars of the Roses through to Renaissance Europe. Robyn talks about the first book in that series, Sons of the Blood.
From the burning plains of Syria to the filthy backstreets of Paris and London, Brethren is the story of Will Campbell, coming of age in a time of conspiracy, passion, politics and war. Will has been brought up from boyhood in the ways of the all-powerful Order of the Knights Templar. With a tragedy in his past that looms over his future, he faces a long, hard apprenticeship to the foul-tempered scholar Everard, before he can have any chance of becoming a Knight.
"Quite entertaining and well built up"
A.D. 1262: In the dusty heat of French fields, knights battle for supremacy in a fierce tournament. At its violent heart is Edward of England, who leads his men under the banner of the dragon, a potent reference to the legendary King Arthur. As heir to the throne, Edward has a vision for his future kingdom – a vision sprung from the words of an ancient prophecy written in the time of Arthur himself – that will change the face of Britain forever. A.D. 1286: Scotland is in the grip of the worst winter in living memory.....
'Born to a line of Kings he will not bow to a conqueror.' King Edward of England marches on Scotland like an avenging tide. One man alone can thwart his ambition to rule all of Britain. Robert Bruce's veins run with the blood of kings, and he burns to fulfil his family's claim to the throne of Scotland. But on the run through the wilds of Ireland, hunted by a relentless assassin, Robert seems a long way from achieving his destiny. And there are other eyes on Scotland's crown, and old enemies gather against him.
From earliest childhood, Robert Bruce has pursued his destiny, but the road has been a hard one. Behind him lie battles, murder, intrigue, defeat, and betrayal, and though he has at last achieved his ambition to wear the crown, he has not yet learned the true meaning of kingship. In Kingdom, Robert must come through his greatest tests, both personal and political, to lead his people towards the encounter with the English at Bannockburn which will echo down the centuries.
The concluding volume in Robyn Young's epic, internationally bestselling Brethren trilogy. After years of fighting in the desert sun - and secretly working for peace with the Brethren - Will Campbell returns to find his Scottish homeland under attack by his enemy, King Edward I. Betrayed by those he has served since boyhood, torn apart watching his daughter plunge into a dangerous affair, Will must now forge his own path to peace - even if it leads through another battlefield.
Born to fight. Sworn to protect. Destined to be betrayed. Will Campbell is a Templar Knight, trained for war. But as a member of the secret brotherhood known as the Brethren, he is also a man of peace. After years of bloodshed, the Brethren have helped to create an uneasy truce between the Christian and Muslim forces in the Holy Land. But there are those on both sides for whom peace is not an option.
The epic novel of action, conspiracy and suspense from best-selling storyteller Robyn Young. From the bloody battlefields of the Wars of the Roses to the court of the Tudors and the dawn of a new world comes Jack Vaughan: bastard son, mercenary soldier and now the king's trusted man at a time when many choose a path of deception and conspiracy....
Det hele begynder i London i 1260. Vennerne Will og Garin er i lære som tempelriddere i Ordenens hovedkvarter. På samme tid i Syrien udkæmpes et blodigt slag mellem mamlukkerne og mongolerne. Mamlukkerne sejrer, og deres hærfører Baybars, en tidligere slave, griber magten og gør sig selv til sultan - kun for at starte en skånselsløs krig mod de kristne. En bog, som beskriver en hemmelig orden inden for tempelriddernes kreds, forsvinder.
Året er 1286, og Skotland er ramt af en af de hårdeste vintre i mands minde. Alligevel rider kongen en sen aften ud i det isnende mørke, fordi hans dronning har sendt bud efter ham. Han ved ikke, at det i virkeligheden er et baghold, og på vejen bliver han myrdet af en af sine egne mænd. Kongens død efterlader Skotland uden tronarving, og stridighederne ulmer mellem forskellige skotske familier, som alle mener at have et krav på tronen. Samtidig har den engelske konge ambitioner om at inddrage landet under England, og snart bryder borgerkrigen ud i lys lue.
Acre 1274. Efter mange års blodig krig er det lykkedes det hemmelige broderskab at opnå våbenhvile mellem kristne og muslimer i Det Hellige Land. Men den unge tempelridder Will Campbell frygter, at de er blevet forrådt. Den engelske konge forbereder et nyt korstog, og i selve Acre lurer en endnu større fare. En skare vesterlandske handelsmænd, som har tjent gode penge på våben og slaver, udtænker en plan, som skal få hadet blandt Østens muslimer til at blusse op på ny. Og i Egypten konspirerer sultan Baybars’ søn mod sin egen far for at få ham til at angribe de kristne og uddrive dem fra Det Hellige Land en gang for alle.
London - Paris - Outremer, um 1260: Unter der strengen Zucht seiner Meister läßt sich der junge Will Campell zum Tempelritter ausbilden, um im Heiligen Land als Kämpfer zu dienen. Doch bevor es dazu kommt, erhält er den Auftrag der anima templi, einem Geheimbund innerhalb des Templer-Ordens, ein gestohlenes Buch zurückzubringen. Ganz unerwartet hilft ihm dabei die schöne Elwen, für die sich der angehende Ritter schon längere Zeit interessiert.
Brethren is a fabulously rich and exciting novel set on the eve of the last Crusade, at the end of the 13th century. Before young Will Campbell can take his place in the all-powerful Order of the Knights Templar, he faces a long, hard apprenticeship to the foul-tempered scholar, Everard.