The Books of Outremer

Once upon a time, a band of believers set out to win control of the holy places for the faithful. It was a long and dangerous journey, and at the end of it they found people whose ways of life were utterly strange to them, who had skills and built cities they could never have imagined. There were miracles, too, and objects of unearthly power, for those who believed. Yet somehow they managed to carve out a group of little kingdoms of the faithful, and to hold on to them for generation after generation. And they called them Outremer, the Land beyond the Sea.

Is this a true story? There are two answers. One is, yes, it is a true story, and you can read about the Crusader Kingdoms in the history books: a good place to start is Sir Steven Runciman's three-volume A History of the Crusades (Vol. I, Vol. II,Vol. III).

The other answer is, yes, of course it's a true story, and Chaz Brenchley invented it. His classic fantasy series The Books of Outremer was first published in the 1990s - and now it is coming back into print.

The Devil in the Dust, new edition

The new edition from Wizard's Tower Press is completely revised by the author, and will appear in six volumes of which the first, The Devil in the Dust is now available for order (details on the publisher's website).

For forty years, the Order of the Knights Ransomer has been the sword-arm and conscience of the kingdom. Their stronghold, the Roq de Rançon, is the key to Outremer's defence. But nomadic tribes on the kingdom's borders threaten to reclaim this land that was once theirs.

Marron, a young man training to be a Ransomer, and Julianne, a noble-born girl betrothed to a man she's never met, are journeying to the Roq. There each of them will be put to the test, as they become inextricably bound up in the coming upheaval that will decide the fate of Outremer...

Publisher Cheryl Morgan says: "I read the Outremer series in 2004. At the time, Crusader imagery was regularly utilised in support of the war in Iraq, and depiction of queer relationships in fantasy was still a rarity. Consequently the series was a breath of fresh air in a world just starting to go mad. I'm delighted to be able to bring these books back to the reading public."

This website explores the world of Outremer, the magic in it and the factual history behind it, and the interplay between the two.

From the original map by El Adrisi



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The Books of Outremer © Chaz Brenchley 1998 / 2022
The Outremer website © Jean Rogers 1999 / 2022

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Last updated 11th April 2022.

Roq de Rançon Rhabat Surayon Next year in Ascariel... From the original map by El Adrisi