The Broken Road

Publisher: Bloomsbury

Review

Celebrating the 800th centenary of the Children's Crusade, The Broken Road imagines the story of a group of young people to Jerusalem to regain the city from the Saracens for the Christianity, which took place in the 13th century.

Rufus, a young apprentice goldsmith in Cologne, becomes infatuated with Nick, a charismatic boy preacher, and leaves his family to follow him to Jerusalem. Nick is driven by a passion for God, and quickly gathers a group of unquestioning followers, who are convinced he performs miracles - but tragedy lies ahead.

Exploring the power of religion and individual responsibility as well as the day-to-day hardships of medieval life, this is a moving story that focuses on spirituality rather than religious difference.

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