Lemniscaat

Juvenile fiction

isbn:978-1-935954-07-1
edition:paperback, 307 pages

: Thea Beckman

Crusade in Jeans

A 20-century teenager is stranded in the Children's Crusade of the 13th century.

Fifteen year old Dolf thought he was engaged in an experiment that would take him back to the Middle Ages to a tournament of knights. But by a miscalculation of the computer, he arrives in the Rhineland at the exact time that the Children's Crusade is passing through. A stranded traveler in time, Dolf joins the immense children's army -- almost 10,000 strong.

With Dolf, the reader struggles to understand how it was possible that children between the ages of 6 and 15 thought they could travel across Europe, then cross the sea to drive away the Saracens from the Holy Land. They had no weapons, transportation, or money; they experienced hunger, epidemics, and death. The dreadful conditions he encounters compel him to use his 20th-century knowledge to try to create order out of chaos. In spite of himself, he becomes a leader and organizer. And along the way he also experiences loyal friendships, courage, and devotion to God.

Slowly, Dolf begins to realize that the real danger does not lurk behind the next mountaintop, but rather within the crusade itself.

Crusade in Jeans was first published in 1973. It became an overnight success, making Thea Beckman one of the most popular authors of juvenile books in Europe.

In 2006, the book was turned in an award winning movie picture featuring Emma Watson, Michael Culkin, Joe Flynn and Stephanie Leonidas.

This wonderfully rich story is a winner of the Golden Pen, the most prestigious Dutch national award for children's books.

Awards

Gold Medal Award - The Netherlands 1974

other books by Thea Beckman:

A Forest Full of Ghosts
A Forest Full of Ghosts
Children of Mother Earth
Children of Mother Earth
Don't Fence Me In!
Don't Fence Me In!
Gifted Children
Gifted Children
Hasse Simon's Daughter
Hasse Simon's Daughter
Infernal Paradise
Infernal Paradise
Kidnapped!
Kidnapped!
My father lives in  Brazil
My father lives in Brazil
Sarah Tadema
Sarah Tadema
Storm over the City
Storm over the City
The Fall of De Vredeborch
The Fall of De Vredeborch
The Golden Dagger
The Golden Dagger
The Golden Fleeze of Thule
The Golden Fleeze of Thule
The Mute of Kampen
The Mute of Kampen
The Ring of the doge of Venice
The Ring of the doge of Venice
The Secret of Rotterdam
The Secret of Rotterdam
The wheel of Fortune
The wheel of Fortune
Triumph of the Scorched Earth
Triumph of the Scorched Earth
We are Disposable
We are Disposable
World trip without a penny
World trip without a penny