Omnibus Books, 1992 – newest
edition, Allen & Unwin, 2007
Book One in the ‘Pagan Chronicles’
In the first adventure of the ‘Pagan Chronicles’, sixteen-year-old Pagan is assigned to work for Lord Roland de Bram, a Templar knight, in medieval Jerusalem. Set against a background of mounting tension as the Infidel army closes in on the city, Pagan’s Crusade traces the growing friendship between the knight and his orphaned squire.
This title is also available in the United States (Candlewick Press) and Germany (Carl Hanser Verlag).
‘Pagan . . . tells his adventures in chatty, modern English in a story full of pace and humour.’
‘This book is a great, big, unholy delight . . . Jinks deftly interweaves the customs, clothing and food of medieval times with jokes, sharp caricatures and stench.’
‘As a historical novel, Pagan’s Crusade is at once thoroughly ground-breaking and part of a solid tradition . . . Catherine Jinks has the capacity to overcome any current preconceptions
about the genre.’
‘Jinks’s alternately hilarious, often poignant novel . . . turns medieval history into fodder for both high comedy and allegory . . . This series may well become a cult favourite.’
‘Rich, vivid storytelling, with a sturdy base in historical events, and undercurrents both comic and serious.’
‘What a romp! Not since Don Quixote took up with Sancho Panza has a knight had a squire like Pagan Kidrouk.’
The Voice of Youth Advocate (Voted a VOYA ‘Perfect 10’ Book in 2003)
‘Pagan’s Crusade [and] its sequels are . . . significant in their revitalisation of historical concepts in fiction.’
‘Fast-paced, lively and very witty.’