A Distant Mirror: King Richard I: A Novel:
This historical romantic thriller novel by Dora Benley was written after September 11, 2001. She hopes to use the Third Crusade, where Richard fought against Saladin, as a kind of “distant mirror”, in the words of the medieval historian, Barbara Tuchman, for our own troubled time. Perhaps with this distant mirror we can lift the veil in which the modern Saracens or Arabs seem enshrouded just as the heroine, Elizabeth, must do in medieval times when she falls in love with one of their mysterious numbers.
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