|Reviews for Tu Salus Fidelium|
| Study in Silence chapter 45 . 11/24/2013
Thank you - very, very, very much - for supplying an alternate, period-plausible, not-entirely-out-of-character explanation for Baldwin's refusal to give confession. I cannot believe or tolerate the "Word of God" suggestion that Movie-Baldwin was agnostic. Because it's silly, anachronistic, and so far out of character for Historical-Baldwin that I could cry.
Okay. Now that I have that off my chest, I must inform you that I think this is one of the best fics I've read on this site. Even if you stick largely to movie-canon, I admire your level of scholarship. I didn't notice any anachronisms or inaccuracies in your story that weren't in the movie, although I'm more of an enthusiastic amateur than anything else where matters historical are concerned. You did lovely justice to Baldwin and Raymond of Tripoli, your characterization of Baldwin the younger was charming, your Sibylla intriguing, and you even managed to avoid making me sneer at movie-Balian (although the low screen-time helped). And of course, Mirrum is likeable, and the transition from Baldwin to Tiberias was well-sold.
Eagerly looking forward to what happens next. May your inspiration flow freely.
| Guest chapter 22 . 11/16/2013
You've written a vivid, lovely and lyrical story, coherent and well-characterized. However, I feel the need to point out that the use of "your Majesty," and "your Highness" are anachronisms. That form of address dates from the sixteenth century: the Holy Roman Emperor started it, then the King of France duly copied him, and Henry VIII of England copied him in turn. Kings in the Middle Ages were addressed as "your Grace", and referred to in third person as "or lord the king." A king's children were also not referred to as "prince" or "princess". They were called Lord or Lady—Latin "dominus" and and "domina", French "sire" or "monsire" and "dame" or "madame"—and they were the only people entitled to that title from birth.
I'm also rather sad that you kept in the movie's notion of Guy and Reynald being Templars. Given that the Templars took their vows of chastity seriously and that both lords were married at the time, I could never take it seriously. If a problematic Templar was needed, Gerard de Ridefort was ready, waiting, and real. The Templars weren't as bad as all that, anyway. In their capacity as bankers, even the Saracens trusted them enough to do business with them. But I digress.
| Cattycheeno chapter 45 . 8/9/2013
I feel as if I just put down a wonderful book. I enjoyed your depiction of the characters and setting as well as the tale of two different kinds of love. Extraordinary writing. Thank you. :)
| Kallios the Scholar chapter 40 . 7/25/2013
Of the coins, that I spoke in an earlier review... I used more sources, and some say 13th century, others fifteen, sometimes 12. I'm sorry to say that despite the pen-name I'm only a casual scholar, not like what you seem to be (or Mirrum!) so if I came across as pompous or superior I'm sorry. I'm just as sorry if not more for giving false information, if not more.
Heh. I read about Mirrum and it seems I pick up some of her own struggle for goodness. Never thought it would show in a review, though. I've always liked her, really. This is my second re-read of Tu Salus Fidelium and I've always felt a kinship with the pale child - she strives to be honest and good, is a bit naïve, and is as loyal as a dog. I like her, I honestly do. The way you characterize and write about Tiberias (another favorite character) is only icing on the cake.
| Kallios the Scholar chapter 37 . 7/25/2013
I looked up the word "zecchin" that you used to denote coinage here (since I'm always interested in these things, really, and I wanted to see what they looked like) and apparently it's an Italian coin that was minted in the 15th century in Venice.
Seems a little out of place here, just saying.
| MotherofBoys chapter 45 . 6/27/2013
Ugh. This story is just beautiful. The historic details are lovely and I adore how all the events is so intricately interwoven with Mirrum's own life. The exchanges between Mirrum and her Physician often brought me to tears. I do hope you will continue this story and update it soon!
| MorraHadon chapter 45 . 3/22/2013
Welcome back to the land of fanfiction! And what do you do? Give us fantasticness. I miss Baldwin sometimes, but you've managed to make me ship her 100% with Tiberas. I love it. Keep up the great work!
| Eccentric Lady chapter 45 . 3/2/2013
An update on this is a treat and much appreciated.
I look forward to seeing them progress (and Sybilla's reaction)
| Mercury Gray chapter 45 . 2/11/2013
"... linen so white and fine it was not unlike wearing a soul, stitched neatly into a shape." Oh, Petit, your descriptions! I love them so very, very much.
Awkward Tiberias is awesome. Always is, always will be. I love how you describe his quarters - here's this man with a considerable personal fortune, with lands and rents and the favor of the family of the king, and his quarters are so spartan he has a hard time entertaining Mirrum properly. I hope she will get him better furniture. Some tapestries. A throw rug. Candles. Y'know, homey stuff.
I like the idea that it is into this that bright, little, flame-clad Mirrum comes. That she wears orange, the color of fire and life, is so symbolic and wonderful here - I'm glad you finally got this story to a point where this could happen, and have it mean what it needs to. I'll be interested to see Mirrum's thoughts on the other side of this, her comparisons to Sybilla and Balian. I have this idea she'll feel very guilty, still, and Tiberias, like the sensible old softie that he is, will divest her of this opinion. And then to go back to Alix the intemperate! I feel Longfellow's Student's Tale "Emma and Eginhard" may be of some use to you. I'm also interested to see how Raymond and Sybilla will navigate this - for she will tease and he will bluster.
As always, Petit, lovely work. I'm anxious for the next chapter - do tell me if you need any more help, won't you?
| Calil Gadien96 chapter 45 . 2/10/2013
... Oh. Wow. Of anything I could have expected to receive in my email, an update for this was not one of them. It was a sweet surprise. Thank you.
I hope you update again soon, and when you do, the story moves along a little bit. I think I lost track of it for the past few chapters. Is still good, I just think it's a little slow.
Thanks so much for updating, I love this story!
| Kallios the Scholar chapter 44 . 3/14/2012
I tell you with complete honesty that I love your story. As both a fan of King Baldwin IV and Tiberias, there is reason enough to be enchanted. You write delightfully bittersweet and wonderful romance that is credible and realistic and pleases my inner romantic greatly. The historical accuracy makes me grin at my computer screen and mentally cheer you on. The little details - Latin and Greek, society during these times, clothing, food - have me taking notes on the spiral notebook I keep handily close to my laptop and use as a mousepad most of the time. I love your descriptive flow and the insights into each character through Mirrum's eyes. She's a great OC, not the least bit a Mary Sue.
| ImaginaryAsylum chapter 44 . 1/28/2012
What a lovely, lovely story. Truly, your writing is phenomenal. It really is one of the best stories I have ever read in any fandom.
I only wish that there was more interaction between the Mirrum and the Physician before he passed. Of course, there's the issue of him being busy with settling his affairs and also of a secret meeting between a king and a servant being difficult to arrange, I still wished that there was just one more conversation, one more chance meeting, between the two before the end. When I read that this story would be AU, I crossed my fingers that that would include maybe a little more time for the king, that he wouldn't die just yet. Alas, it still worked out beautifully in the end.
Also, I found her transition to loving a certain bear-like man a little sudden and too soon after the king's death.
Nevertheless, I absolutely ADORE this story! You never fail to make me cry (which is definitely NOT a bad thing!). The part where she imgaines herself having a conversation with the physician was just heartbreakingly tragic and sweet at the same time. If you ever end up publishing a book, please let us fans know!
Please, please update soon!
| ImaginaryAsylum chapter 31 . 1/25/2012
While watching "Kingdom of Heaven" again on TV the other day, I found myself entranced an intrigued by King Baldwin IV. (Admittedly, Edward Norton, or rather his voice, played a very large role in this.) After finishing the movie, I went on to find a story revolving around Baldwin in what I imagined would be a tragic love story concerning two star-crossed lovers. Alas, I did find one indeed.
Honestly, I would have never imagined that a story of this caliber could be found among the very few fanfics written about this movie. The limited number that exists didn't look like it'd turn out to be very promising. Boy am I glad to have stumbled on this story, though! Your writing is absolutely phenomonal and very distinct and I admire how much research you've put into making this story more accurate and true to its time period. I must admit, I find myself often envious of your vocabulary and literary knowledge. Your allusions, diction, and syntax gives so much life to the story and characters. I shamelessly and openly wept while reading this lovely story and feel my own heart ache as Mirrum endures the heartbreak that inevitably comes from loving someone you cannot have.
Seriously, I can't stop reading this! Thanks for sharing this story and keep up the fantastic work!
| Athar-Luna chapter 44 . 10/14/2011
I have spent the last two days reading your story and I must say - I adore it! I have never really looked at the Kingdom of Heaven' stories. The movie is one of my top 3 favorite films. Your story transported me to the country, city, setting, and characters. I have never cried so much, lol. One day when I am able to reread it I will review each chapter. For now I must write alittle of how much I enjoyed the story :).
It was interesting to read characters not from the movie and Mirrum caught my attention. I love that Tiberias made an appearance (love his character and Jeremy Irons!). You captured each character and made them your own. I loved reading about Sybilla and Mirrum's life with her. The young Prince (at the moment King) is so sweet, and yet I feel for him and what is to come ;_;. I was curious if the King would make an appearance and was so glad when he did! How you wrote their friendship and love, I could picture it happening in the movie and despair it did not! I was bawling like a baby during those chapters when they stop meeting at the garden and then when she found out who the Physician was. The scenes between them were so heartrendingly sweet, because like Mirrum I too fell more in love with him (his character is my favorite in the movie). I want to rewatch the film and I am sure I am going to feel even more keenly when he dies ;_;.
It's funny because when I was reading through the first chapters, I fell in love how you wrote Tiberias, I kind of hoped him and Mirrum would fall in love. But then with his negation of ever being with someone (and also being old, lol) and the introduction of Baldwin, I went with the flow and enjoyed it. So when Baldwin passed away (which I cried AGAIN - I woke up with puffy eyes since I read those chapter late last night, er - morning, lol) I wondered what direction the story would go. So I squealed with joy with the direction of the story :D. I loved reading their friendship, the games they played, and his compassion for both Baldwin and Mirrum.
In the latest chapter, I am so happy that both know of each others feelings! I squealed when I read Tiberias' line to Mirrum, "I am yours to command, then."
I am glad that Mirrum went to the garden and also that she came upon Prince Perseus :).
I hope one day life allows you to update this beautiful story! You have such a way with words that I was fully immersed in the world and characters. I even had to step away from the computer because I was sobbing! I am so glad and thankful for somehow finding this story! But now I do not know what to read, LOl. I am spoiled by your writing, lol. I am very interested to read more about Mirrum and Tiberias. They deserve love and happiness, and yet knowing the film, I am curious how upcoming events will affect them. I eagerly await the next chapter :D!
| Madame de Victoire chapter 44 . 8/1/2011
Yay, an upadate! Thanks for comin back to this. I loved it as usual. Are we getting near the end now?