Song of the Eight Winds: Reconquista - An Epic Tale of Medieval Spain

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9780957306219: Song of the Eight Winds: Reconquista - An Epic Tale of Medieval Spain

From the author of the bestselling Snowball Oranges series of Mallorcan travel books comes a substantial and compelling novel inspired by one of the most momentous and lastingly-celebrated events in the history of this enchanting Spanish island. It's 1229, the year of the Christian 'Reconquest' of Mallorca from the Moors, a Muslim people of Afro-Arabic origin who have ruled Spain in cultural splendour for five hundred years. Heading the Christian invasion is King Jaume I, the dashing 21-year-old ruler of the northern Spanish kingdom of Aragon, who sets out for Mallorca with a mighty armada of one hundred and fifty ships carrying some fifteen thousand foot soldiers and fifteen hundred cavalry. The helmsman of the royal galley is Pedrito Blànes, a strapping Mallorcan peasant of the same age as King Jaume. This is his story... Set against a backdrop of breathtaking Mediterranean scenery, described in the author’s hallmark style which transports readers right into the heart of the action, an enthralling saga dictated by the vagaries of fate unfolds. The horror and brutality of battle is countered by the tenderness shown to Christian Pedrito in an unexpected encounter with two Muslim women – one older than him, the other younger – which reveals heart-rending aspects of his past and sows the seeds of a forbidden romantic relationship punishable by death. Yet there are threads of humour woven discreetly into this intense, action-packed yarn – a rare quality that puts Song of the Eight Winds in a niche unique within the genre of historical fiction. Here, then, is a book that will appeal equally to devotees of Mallorca, who will be fascinated by depictions of familiar locations as they existed in a bygone age, and to those who simply love to read a good story, entertainingly-told.

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About the Author:

Peter Kerr, the best-selling Scottish author, was born in Lossiemouth, Morayshire, in 1940. His award-winning 'Snowball Oranges' series of five Mallorcan-based books have sold in large numbers worldwide and have been translated into eleven languages. They recount the often hilarious adventures experienced by Peter and his family while running a small orange farm on the Spanish island during the 1980s. 'Thistle Soup' is a prequel to these books and is a humorous though sometimes poignant account of his boyhood in East Lothian, 'The Garden of Scotland', where he eventually followed in his farming grandfather's footsteps. Peter now concentrates on writing fiction. His first novel, 'The Mallorca Connection', was a rare mix of suspense and comedy and has been followed to date by four other equally quirky yarns, with both Spanish and Scottish settings. In the 1960s, Peter was a jazz musician - the clarinettist-leader of Scotland's premier jazzband, 'The Clyde Valley Stompers', with whom he recorded the hit version of 'Peter and the Wolf' for Beatles producer George Martin. From 1970 onwards, Peter combined farming beef and barley in East Lothian with freelance record production, hitting the jackpot with the biggest-selling instrumental single of all time, The Royal Scots Dragoon Guards 'Amazing Grace'. He also wrote the music and lyrics (some say bizarrely!) for The Krankies' trademark song, 'Fan-Dabi-Dozi'. Peter, married with two sons, now lives in East Lothian and has recently published his first historical novel, 'Song of the Eight Winds', which is set in 13th century Mallorca.

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"An enthralling historical novel (about) the Christian Reconquest of Mallorca from the Moors." (Euro Weekly News)

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