Sinclair-Stevenson,1992. A historical novel. Available now on Kindle


A novel of the Mediterranean in the sixteenth century, when the Knights of Saint John confronted the onslaught of Islam and the heresy of Protestantism. This is the story of one of the last of the English knights as he looks back over his life from retirement in the Grand priory of Rome. He contemplates the Sicilian woman whom he loved, and the young boy he rescued from Islam, and the God he has betrayed. The novel might be set in the past but it tackles themes with which the present has to contend - exile and belonging, belief and doubt, love and betrayal, fanaticism and profanity.



The Bitter Cross - reviews


From Contemporary Review:

"... is a complex story of love and war during the religious upheavals of the sixteenth century... [the central character's] exploits are graphically described... unusually strong is the author's depiction of the inner conflicts felt between pacifist instincts and necessary warlike intervention by the Knights of Saint John... The novel is exciting and imaginative. Simon Mawer has vividly described his impressive characters and their exotic setting."
Betty Abel


From the Times Educational Supplement:

"Mawer writes the kind of historical fiction that convinces..."
Brian Morton






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