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Envoy of Jerusalem: Balian d’Ibelin and the Third Crusade, Book III in the Jerusalem Trilogy

ISBN: 9781735313900
Binding: Paperback
Author: Helena P. Schrader
Pages: 510
Trim: 6” x 9” inches
Published: 11/15/2020

In this, the third book in the Jerusalem Trilogy, Balian d’Ibelin has survived the devastating Christian defeat at the Battle of Hattin and walked away a free man after the surrender of Jerusalem, but he is baron of nothing in a kingdom that no longer exists. Haunted by the tens of thousands of Christians now in Saracen captivity, he is determined to regain what has been lost. The arrival of a vast crusading army under the soon-to-be-legendary Richard the Lionheart offers hope — but also conflict, as natives and crusaders clash and French and English quarrel.


Helena Schrader holds a PhD in History from the University of Hamburg and served as an American diplomat in Europe and Africa. Her historical novels have collectively won more than twenty literary awards, including Best Biography 2017 and Best Historical Fiction 2020. In addition, she is the author of non-fiction books on women in aviation, the Berlin Airlift and the German Resistance to Hitler. She has been commissioned by a leading UK publisher to write a comprehensive history of the crusader states. For more about Helena’s publications, forthcoming projects and awards visit:


"...this is one of the best historical series ever written. ... A very detailed drama full of historical truths intertwined with a fantastically written tale, ... The zest this author has for her subject is dramatic, intense and something that will never be forgotten!" -- FEATHERED QUILL

'Envoy' stands alone as captivating and entertaining, as well as scholarly and far-reaching in scope and intent. As a complete work, the 'Jerusalem' trilogy represents an outstanding achievement; a literary oeuvre constructed in keeping with the highest academic principles for research and verifiable accuracy. – Scott Amis for REAL CRUSADES HISTORY

"... a captivating work of historical fiction...that offers insight into the religious politics of the Middle Ages.” Foreword Clarion Reviews

Envoy of Jerusalem won seven literary accolades including:

Best Biography 2017, Book Excellence Awards

Best Christian Historical Fiction 2017, Readers Favorites

Best Spiritual/Religious Fiction 2017, Feathered Quill Book Awards

Honorable Mention/Finalist for Military/Wartime Fiction 2017, Foreword INDIES