The Black Rood

By Stephen R. Lawhead

“LAWHEAD is familiar with find out how to SPIN A TALE.”
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In a time of legends and heroes, blood and secret, one guy will keep it up his family’s future as he units upon a perilous and wonderful quest.

The nice campaign is lengthy over, or so Duncan, son of Murdo, believes till a long-lost uncle appears to be like from the East bearing stories of huge treasure. even though the Iron Lance have been gained for the emperor, a good holier relic has been came upon: the Black Rood—the prayer-worn, blood-stained remnant of the real Cross—now endangered by means of the grasping objectives of ruthless crusader barons bent on carving kingdoms from the wasteland sands of the center East.

When Duncan’s lifestyles is shattered through tragedy, he units sail on his personal pilgrimage to Jerusalem, following within the footsteps of his father. however the gates to the Holy Land are guarded by means of the warrior monks often called the Knights Templar. those fearsome guardians carry the most important to greater than simply Duncan’s fate—the very future of the West is of their palms.

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Take care, Sarn,” I known as, pushing the boat from the wharf. “Give all at domestic an entire and reasonable account. Ask them to wish for our secure go back. ” We watched till they have been less than sail, after which the 3 people moved quickly to board the Templar send. We have been greeted in a well mannered way on our arrival, and soon after mountaineering onto the deck the order was once given to get rid of. We stood on the rail and watched town of Marseilles cross slowly from view because the send moved out into the bay. as soon as in deeper water, the helmsman became the send and headed southwest alongside the coast, and we settled ourselves aboard our new vessel. i'll now describe a Templar send, for they're very not like one of these craft noticeable in northern waters. vast of beam and high-sided, they own numerous decks, one above one other, and a unmarried mast of great proportions. those vessels journey tall within the water and have a tendency to bob awkwardly the least bit swell; they're unsteady and woefully tricky to maneuver—much, I think, like guidance a hogshead barrel in a flood. certainly, hence sailors even name them “round ships. ” For all they're ungainly and principally wrong for any objective store the only for which they have been made: the transportation of fellows and animals around the gentle sea of heart Earth. God forbid that they need to ever be stuck in a single of the storms which scourge the northern isles through the wintry weather. i've got doubtless the precarious craft could sink like an anvil in the beginning squall. Be that because it could, the Venetians personal a lot of those ships, and the Genoans, and others, too. Our vessel was once owned through a service provider from Otranto whose son—a plump, sweet-natured guy named Dominic—served as captain. We have been brought to him presently after Marseilles disappeared from view. He invited us to damage bread with him in his condo. you notice, Cait, how very huge those ships should be; there are rooms underneath the uppermost deck, a few of them huge as chambers in a lordly corridor. And this is often what the captain had—a chamber with a field mattress and a protracted desk with room sufficient for 6 males on benches both sides. hence, Renaud, Padraig and that i, and Roupen, in addition to different high-ranking Templars have been invited to dine with the captain that first evening. Roupen excused himself, announcing his abdominal was once unsettled; for all i do know, which may were the reality, and never an excuse to prevent becoming a member of the remainder of us. besides the fact that, i feel it much more likely that he had no belly for the Templars, by no means brain the foodstuff. Padraig and that i eagerly permitted the invitation, and if that meal was once whatsoever usual, I speedy chanced on how our captain maintained his rotund shape regardless of his lengthy sea trips. Of meat and candy breads, and different fancies, there has been no stint: roast poultry and smoked red meat, red meat, and fish of a number of types, and flat bread made with the oil of olives—which Sicilians specifically esteem—and small barley loaves made with honey. Wine was once inebriated in the course of the meal—for the noblemen of Taranto dearly love their wine, and imagine not anything of serving it and consuming it by means of the tun.

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