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By Stephen R. Lawhead

Born to rule

Although born to rule, Aidan lives as a scribe in a distant Irish monastery at the a long way, wild fringe of Christendom. safe in paintings, contemplation, and goals of the broader global, a miracle bursts into Aidan's quiet lifestyles. he's selected to accompany a small band of priests on a quest to the farthest japanese reaches of the recognized global, to the fabled urban of Byzantium, the place they're to give a gorgeous and dear hand-illuminated manuscript, the ebook of Kells, to the Emperor of all Christendom.

Thus starts an day trip via sea and over land, as Aidan turns into, by means of turns, a warrior and a sailor, a slave and a secret agent, a Viking and a Saracen, and at last, a guy. He sees extra of the realm than such a lot males of his time, changing into an envoy to kings and an intimate of Byzantium's fabled Golden courtroom. and at last this valiant Irish monk faces the best trial which could confront any guy in any age: commanding his personal Destiny.

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I had by no means visible a lot wealth in a single position. yes, it was once a hoard to rival that of the Tuatha De Danaan. Then, kneeling reverently sooner than this wealth, Yellow Hair all started prodding in the course of the mass—much, i think, as he should have performed again and again over within the privateness of his shipboard hut. He chanced on and held up a wide golden cup to the satisfaction of the onlookers who cooed like surprised pigeons on the sight. He positioned the expensive cup beside him and back to the heap, whereupon, after a moment’s seek, he retrieved a good-looking bowl which took its position beside the cup. subsequent he drew out a golden chain with hyperlinks as thick as a man’s thumb. The barbarian chief rose, and preserving the chain among his outstretched fingers grew to become this fashion and that, conversing quietly the whereas. Then, with a wild shout, he without notice flung the chain to purple large; the man’s wide face cut up right into a extensive, snaggletoothed grin and he roared his excitement, shaking in every single place like a endure. crimson sizeable, i made a decision, was once the chieftain’s champion, and used to be for that reason well-known sooner than the others and provided the alternative prize. one after the other, the remaining have been likewise rewarded by way of their chief—a silver brooch to 1, a couple of bracelets to a different; cups and bowls for a few, chains and armbands for others. every body bought whatever in accordance, i assume, to the worth of his carrier. That they need to obtain such excessive gift for his or her murderous feats disgusted me. Jesu, I prayed, convey me from this den of iniquity! unluckily, yet my travail had simply began. nice the grief! I well-known, one of the hoarded gold, the fine-crafted eagle from Bishop Cadoc’s employees. The proud chook have been snatched from its rightful perch and now unfold its wings for the joy of its captors. I beheld that holy brand and my middle sank like a millstone. “Poor Cadoc,” I murmured, “such a demise used to be unfit of you. ” at the least the invaluable ebook used to be no longer amidst the plunder; I took that as a superb signal. while the final of the golden trinkets were dispersed, Yellow Hair fell to dividing up the coinage and silver. the bigger silver gadgets have been fast hacked to items with axes—not concerning both attractiveness or craftsmanship—and these items further to the heap. I winced to work out a good-looking platter and a number of other nice dishes fall to the chop, let alone quite a few brooches, pins, earrings, and armbands. nonetheless kneeling at his paintings, he looked after the cash and items into mounds in line with dimension and weight, after which divided them into meticulously equivalent stacks—one for every Sea Wolf. This performed, the barbarians drew plenty and selected from one of the stacks in accordance with their good fortune on the draw. The final pile fell to the chieftain, who scooped it up fast, and poured the cash into his cup. hence have been the treasures meted out. Many, i spotted, have been added forthwith into different arms. certainly, strangely few treasures remained the only real estate in their recipients. For no had the ocean Wolf received the products in hand, than his spouse laid declare to it; and, upon wresting the valuable item from her husband’s clutches, the girl knotted the family’s ill-gotten wealth right into a tight-tied package deal in a nook of her mantle.

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