Charles Martel and the Lance of Destiny

by Louis deMartelly

Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 25/06/2008

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 312
ISBN : 9781434360373

About the Book

Charles Martel and the Lance of Destiny is a novel about a real historical figure and a real artifact in his posession.  He and the Lance, in the Dark Age, had a dramatic effect on our world today.  This is his story with help from a few fictional characters.  The following is the text on the back cover.

During the depth of the Dark Age, Arab armies crossed over from Spain into France looting pillaging and imposing their religion on the Christian population. Richard Gibbon the eighteenth century historian put it this way.  "From such calamities was Christendom delivered by the genius and fortune of one man. Charles Martel, the illegitimate son of Pepin, was content with the titles of mayor or duke of the Franks, but he was destined to become the father of a line of kings."

Author Louis deMartelly has dug deep into the history and fable of the dark age to get a true picture of Martel and his time. DeMartelly's Martel emerges as a kind of barbarian warrior torn between the paganism of the north and the Christianity of Rome. His conversion is brought about with the help of an enchanted lance claimed by many to be the true  Holy Grail.

These are the historical facts. DeMartelly has woven them carefully into a novel to bring out a true picture of the dark age with its intrigue, its combat and its faith. The facts are true to the available history. The fictional characters are true to the period and interact with the historical figures to tell the story of one of the most influential men in our history.

282 pages, Illustrated

About the Author

Lou deMartelly is a graduate of Aurora University in history and social science.  He completed his graduate study at Northern Illinios Univesrsity.  Most of his career had been spent in the computer industry where he develops software.  He does technical writing, humor, "Computers by Limerick", and satire, "Lou's Law".

His other interests are sailing, classic automobiles, sailing, history, and, oh yes, sailing.  Lou is a founder of the Kane County Historical Society, and is a member of the U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary where he serves as a vessel inspector and instructor in boating safety and navigation.

Lou met his wife, Joyce, at college.  They have six daughters and nine grandchildren.