Crusade in Jeans was first published in 1973. It became an
First Line: "And this," said Dr. Simak,"is the material-transmitter."
Dolf's observation of Medieval Times: "What dark recesses were hidden in the pious souls of these people of the Middle Ages? How easily they renounced responsibility for their deeds! It was God who ruled the world, not them. They unhesitatingly declared God or the Devil to be responsible for their deepest emotions, their desires for revenge or their illusions." (104)
What Others Are Saying: All I could find were reviews related to the original translation and movie.
What I Thought: Time travel has always fascinated me ever since I saw Somewhere in Time with Christopher Reed. If I were to have the choice to go back in time I'd like the fashion of the 20's-30's because my beads always hang straight, classy hair of the 40's and the world of the mid-nineties when my house was worth something. Seriously, time travel to the days of plagues and no running water has never been attractive and no amount of sword action could coax me to leave the comfort of clean clothes and deodorant. I do enjoy reading about it and this definitely plunged my imagination into an adventure. These crusading children found themselves up against, nature, evil, hunger and disease. Dolf is forced to accept the mindset of the time and work within it's constraints and yet he still comes out respecting and appreciating the wonderful friends that he makes. I would say this is a difficult read for younger middle grade and many of the scenes seem repetitive and pacing slow. I understand that the English translation from Dutch isn't that great and leaves out humor that the Dutch version had.
Author: Thea Beckman
2006 Motion Picture
Thea Beckman (1923-2004) was born in Rotterdam. She began writing in 1947, but it was not until her children were grown that she devoted herself to writing full time. Ms. Beckman was fascinated by history and wrote books about many historical periods ranging from the Middle Ages and extending into to the future.
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