THE BITTER CROSS
Sinclair-Stevenson,1992. A historical novel.
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.