In 1601 an English sea captain, Henry Timberlake, sets off to trade with the East. Leaving behind a wife and children, he journeys to Alexandria and then overland to Cairo. He then decides to journey to Jerusalem, travelling overland to Gaza, and surviving an ambush. Then Timberlake meets a companion who will change his life. In Palestine, a Moor from Fez on his way to Mecca saves Timberlake's life, not once, but twice, and they become friends and travelling companions. In this fascinating true story of a seventeenth-century adventurer, Joan Taylor brings to life Palestine of a bygone era, and explores the relationship between Islam and Christianity at the foundation of the modern world.
Joan Taylor is an Anglo-Danish New Zealander now living in England. She is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at the University of Waikato, New Zealand and gained her PhD at Edinburgh University in Early Church/Jewish Studies. In 1995 she won the coveted Irene Levi-Sala Award for her book Christians and the Holy Places. This is her sixth book.