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By Paul Bannister

1215. King John signs the Magna Carta in an unconditional submission to a group of rebel barons. The Pope declares it illegal.

During the ensuing Baron War, King John dies and nine-year-old Henry inherits the crown. Treachery and rebellion blight the years that follow; the Knights Templar lead the Crusades, and the horrors of the Inquisition rage.

One man stands both participant and observer: the rebel Lancastrian Baron Frederick de Banastre. Formidable in size and fighting prowess, and a lifelong friend of Richard the Lionheart, Frederick is a force to be reckoned with. Frederick saw King John’s schemes, and now sees the threats to England and the young king.

Although the king may not be popular, Frederick and his family plan to keep him alive. From the siege of Damietta, to attempts on the young king’s life, they find themselves caught in the middle of the violent, bloody days after the signing of the Magna Carta.

Filled with intrigue, battles, treason, trysts, Templars, Siege is the fourth book in the Crusader series by Paul Bannister.

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