The Widow of Jerusalem (Fools' Guild)

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1204 A.D. The Fools’ Guild is on the run from an increasingly intolerant Church. Arriving too late at the Guildhall to join them, the jester couple Theophilos and Claudia and their newborn daughter Portia must now flee the Papal army, having first risked their lives to steal, of all things, a tavern sign. As they journey across the Alps, Theophilos recounts to his wife a story from the Third Crusade, of the most beautiful woman in the Kingdom of Jerusalem and her dwarf jester, Scarlet.

In 1191, as Richard the Lionhearted leads his forces in an attempt to recapture Jerusalem from the army of Saladin, Theophilos and Scarlet are quietly manipulating events to bring about an end to the bloodshed. Their mission leads them to Tyre, the only city in the Kingdom of Jerusalem to withstand Saladin. Governed by a rogue general, the city is aswarm with refugees, spies, and splintered factions vying for power and position, and even success may only prove fatal. The key chesspiece amidst the swirling intrigues remains Isabelle, the Queen of Jerusalem, desired by many but married against her will to a man decades her senior. But there are forces at work that will stop at nothing, and it is up to Scarlet to protect the interests of the Guild, the lives of the people, and the future of Isabelle.

Drawn from actual events, The Widow of Jerusalem is a tale of intrigue and ambition, love fulfilled and love unrequited, and a trio of historical deaths that have never been fully explained. Until now.

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“Highly original...highly entertaining...wonderfully engaging. Gordon mixes history and fiction effortlessly. In a genre filled with carbon copies of the same character, Theophilos is a true original. Gordon’s certainly bound for greatness.” – Booklist (starred review) on A Death in the Venetian Quarter

“Gordon is an accomplished fool and a master in storytelling and of the seven foolish arts. His command of language is flawless. His tale flows as wittily as ex tempore rhyme, as compellingly as lilting music.” – Drood Review on Thirteenth Night

“Cunningly plotted...Gordon brings Constantinople and it’s environs wonderfully to life. Like a master juggler, the author puts on a fine show, full of fun and surprises.” – Publishers Weekly on Jester Leaps In

“Puns, complications and quips that are positively byzantine, and an axe-blow by axe-blow account of the Bosporous siege -- it's all good-natured fun.” – Kirkus Reviews on A Death in the Venetian Quarter

“Travel, adventure, intrigue, contemporary culture, and many ‘foolish’ wordplays combine in this captivating historical.” – Library Journal on Jester Leaps In

“Gordon has done an admirable job of re-creating the Italy of 1200...he’s also successfully hitchhiked on Shakespeare’s plot before taking it where the Bard had no idea it would go.” – Washington Times on Thirteen Night

About the Author:

Alan Gordon is an attorney with the Legal Aid Society and the author of three previous books featuring the jester (Thirteenth Night, Jester Leaps In, and A Death in the Venetian Quarter). He lives with his family in Queens, New York.]

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