Ronald Welch is without doubt the best historical novelist I have encountered. While his books clearly aim at a younger audience, they stand up well against much "adult" fiction. Knight Crusader tells the story of a young knight of Outremere, the name of the Christian kingdom of Jerusalem. It is quite amazing how much you learn of the times, and the characterisations of the people are brief but rich. Sir Philip D'Aubigny takes part in the disastrous Second Crusade, and the victorious Third, and finally travels to Wales where he takes over the family estate of Llanstephan. In fact, this book lays the foundation for a long series of books which follows the lives of his descendants, through their various ages.
As a child I read everything I could find by Ronald Welch, and in many ways my love of history is due to his books. I now treasure the select few (out of print) books of his I own, and buy up any more I can find... alas that they are so few and far between. Amazon.com hardly lists any of them. I wonder why not? "For the King" - English Civil War; "Captain of Foot" - Napoleonics; "Nicholas Carey" - Crimea; "Son of York" - War of the Roses; "Mohawk Valley" - American settlement, and Quebec campaign; "The Gauntlet" -currently reprinted in England, but not listed on Amazon.com, (but is listed in their UK site)! Where are these books?