The Iron Lance (The Celtic Crusades #1)

By Stephen R. Lawhead

Within the yr 1095, Pope city II declared struggle at the infidel. Kings, princes, and lords all through Europe took up the pass and joined the campaign. It was once Murdo Ranulfson's responsibility to protect his family's pursuits whereas his father and brothers fought to win Jerusalem. but if a grasping king and corrupt clergy charged with the security of Orkney develop into its worst enemies, Murdo needs to adopt the pilgrimage himself. pushed to the ocean, Murdo follows the Crusades within the wish of discovering his father and redeeming his family's land. His epic trip leads him to the guts of the civilized global, the Mediterranean, the place the Emperor Alexius struggles to fend off the barbarian hordes that might rend Christendom and engulf the realm in darkness. Murdo's quest contains him to the fabled urban of Constantinople and past to the Holy Land, guarded by means of the sword issues of the Saracens. Amidst incredible brutality and ambition, he unearths the guy he seeks. Steeped in heroism, treachery, and the clamor of conflict, The Iron Lance starts an epic trilogy of a noble Scottish kin struggling with for its lifestyles and its religion throughout the age of the nice Crusades -- and of a mystery society whose hidden ceremonies will form background for one thousand years.

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The emperor gazed implacably on the 3 sooner than him. “The fleet calls for upkeep and service; the ships needs to be readied for his or her departure. Any hold up will be too expensive to think about. ” Raymond, speechless with frustration, glared rancorously on the emperor. Adhemar drew breath to talk back, however the cooler-tempered Stephen prevailed. “If you please, Lord Emperor,” acknowledged Stephen fast, “perhaps i'd recommend a therapy. ” “If you recognize any,” Alexius responded, “we might welcome it. ” “If the imperial fleet’s departure will be postponed a couple of days, we would rent the ships to take our armies throughout. we will be able to pay in gold. ” The emperor frowned. “We have gold aplenty. What we lack is ships to maintain the imperial waters secure. ” He stared on the noblemen, and drummed his palms at the armrests of his throne. “Something else involves mind,” Alexius stated slowly, as though contemplating it for the 1st time. “Yes, Lord Emperor? ” “It happens to us that we've got made reliable on can provide to provision and delivery the pilgrims via imperial lands and past, and borne the associated fee out of our personal treasury. This now we have been satisfied to do for the liberation of the Holy Land, and for the sake of the lands to be lower back to the empire while you are profitable. ” “With God’s help,” Bishop Adhemar declared, “we should be successful. ” “We pray to your each victory, lord bishop,” Alexius advised him. “In view of that, it sort of feels in simple terms reasonable that we should always have an imperial emissary to lend relief to the company, and attend to concerns bobbing up from the reinstatement of imperial rule. ” Stephen understood the provide the emperor was once making and, sooner than his partners may perhaps item, fortunately agreed. “Of path, in reputation of the emperor’s generosity in extending using imperial ships, we might be happy to welcome an ambassador of the emperor’s opting for to provide counsel, and take care of the targeted pursuits of the empire. i'm embarrassed we didn't recommend it ourselves. ” Raymond stiffened; he didn't just like the thought of an imperial factotum nosing round within the affairs of the crusaders. “Good. ” Alexius gestured to the magister. “We settle for your supply to rent the ships, and to incorporate our imperial emissary between your advisors. ” Extending his hand in the direction of the magister, Alexius took up the parchment containing the oath which the entire different crusading lords had signed, and handed it to Raymond. The reluctant lord stood clutching the rfile, yet made no flow to spread it. as a substitute, he seemed helplessly to Stephen. “As it occurs, Lord Emperor,” count number Blois started hesitantly, “I was once desiring to recommend that Lord Raymond may be allowed to pledge an oath of his personal devising. ” Alexius stared on the noblemen. was once there no finish to their impudence? finally, he stated, “We must have you certain in chains and dropped within the Bosphorus, other than that we're curious to grasp why you think that Raymond will be allowed this singular distinction—” his voice rose as he spoke, “when all of the different lords, together with your self, have noticeable the knowledge of compliance.

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