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By Stephen R. Lawhead

Within the yr 1095, Pope city II declared battle at the infidel. Kings, princes, and lords all through Europe took up the move 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 safety of Orkney turn 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 center of the civilized international, the Mediterranean, the place the Emperor Alexius struggles to fend off the barbarian hordes that might rend Christendom and engulf the area in darkness. Murdo's quest consists of 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 reveals the guy he seeks. Steeped in heroism, treachery, and the clamor of conflict, The Iron Lance starts off an epic trilogy of a noble Scottish relatives struggling with for its lifestyles and its religion in the course of the age of the nice Crusades -- and of a mystery society whose hidden ceremonies will form background for 1000 years.

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Bishop Adhemar agreed. “God has granted us this primary of many nice victories as an indication of his prefer, and of the excessive esteem during which he holds our holy company. it'd be disrespectful to throw away that which God has so freely given. town needs to be claimed for the pope and the church. ” Bohemond and Tancred had different matters. “The reconquest of the Holy Land is just begun,” Bohemond mentioned. “We will desire each soldier within the days to come back. the safety of this urban might take some distance too many males, and i'm loath to renounce a unmarried one. ” “Prince Bohemond is right,” declared Hugh of Vermandois. “It will be silly to divide our forces now, thus far clear of Jerusalem. ” The lords of Flanders and Normandy, besides numerous different noblemen, agreed, including their voices to Hugh’s. There the article rested. truly, town required their persevered presence to make sure that it remained securely within the crusader’s ownership. simply as sincerely, nobody desired to get rid of able-bodied struggling with males from the crusade whilst the most aim used to be nonetheless to be entire. additionally, nobody used to be keen to stay at the back of in any occasion, thereby permitting the others all of the glory and plunder to be gained within the battles to return. The stalemate continued for an afternoon and a night—until count number Stephen provided the recommendation messenger may be despatched again to Constantinople informing the emperor that Nicaea have been recaptured and lower back to the empire. “It may perhaps be,” Stephen proposed, “that the Byzantines can spare the troops to safe the town. in the event that they agreed to occupy it, lets proceed on our means. ” the assumption was once immediately accredited by means of all and sundry, and messengers have been hastening again to Constantinople earlier than the ink had dried at the parchment. The Latin lords then set approximately fitting themselves within the urban. because the siege camps have been already validated, the troops remained outdoors the partitions. The lords, even though, wanted greater lodging for his or her other halves and households, so proceeded to confiscate the simplest homes within the urban for themselves. The emperor didn't look ahead to the couriers to reach, in spite of the fact that, yet set out the instant his spies guaranteed him town used to be near to hand over. crusing rapidly south to a bay at the within sight coast, Alexius rode the fast distance inland with divisions of Opsikion and Anatolian troops to supervise the city’s quit. To the utter shock of the crusaders, the emperor arrived whereas they have been nonetheless attempting to make a decision which of Nicaea’s palaces they need to plunder first. because the Latin lords squabbled over who should still take keep an eye on of Nicaea’s wealth, Taticius led his regiment of Immortals to the deserted garrison and positioned it less than their authority. They then secured the gate, and welcomed the emperor’s bodyguard. the warriors took up positions alongside the city’s imperative road to greet the emperor whereas the crusaders stood in flat-footed amazement as Alexius rode in triumph during the gates of town. The emperor assembled the pilgrims to commend them on their victory.

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