Raised during the strife-filled days of King John of England, Big John learns that his family has suffered a great injustice. “Old Marm,” the herb woman, prepares him to someday reclaim his birthright, but never reveals who he is. Shen she suddenly dies, John is left without a clue to his identity. In the next years John’s unusual size and strength and the knowledge he has gained of letters and of the art of healing earn him a place as page to an earl organizing the 5th Crusade. In the Holy Land John searches for a father he hopes is still alive. Amidst battle, capture and setbacks, John—now a squire to a Knight Hospitaller—encounters Francis of Assisi, who had come to the Holy Land just at this time to preach the Gospel to the Saracens. This chance meeting changes the course of Big John’s life.
Living History Library
Ages 10 and up