By Guy Gavriel Kay
In accordance with the troubadour tradition that rose in Provence through the excessive center a while, this panoramic, soaking up novel superbly creates an alternative model of the medieval world.
The matriarchal, cultured land of Arbonne is hire by means of a feud among its strongest dukes, the noble troubador Bertran de Talair and Urte de Miraval, over long-dead Aelis, lover of 1, spouse of the opposite and as soon as inheritor to the country's throne.
To the north lies militaristic Gorhaut, whose population worship the militant god Corannos and are governed via corrupt, womanizing King Ademar. His leader consultant, the excessive priest of Corannos, is decided to irradicate the worship of a feminine deity, whose fans dwell to the south.
Into this cauldron of brewing catastrophe comes the mysterious Gorhaut mercenary Blaise, who takes carrier with Bertran and averts an test on his lifestyles. The revelation of Blaise's lineage and a declare for sanctuary by way of his sister-in-law units the level for a brutal conflict among the 2 cultures. Intertwined is the story of a tender girl troubadour whose position indicates the sweep of the drama to return.
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Once the central port of the city, the Vieux Port was now reserved for pleasure craft and the local fishing fleet. On the far side of the narrow harbor a line of pale yellow seventeenth- and eighteenth-century buildings rose in a solid wall. At the far end of the harbor was a narrow plaza where the daily fish market was staged, and rising away from it was la Canebière, a broad triumphant avenue that led up the steep hill the old city was built on, leading to the basilica on the summit. The only thing Holliday remembered about Marseille was that King Alexander Karageorgevich I of Serbia had been assassinated there in 1934, the first political murder ever caught on film.
Holliday asked, surprised. Peggy was a self-described serial monogamist, a committed bachelorette, or spinster, or whatever the hell the politically correct term for it was these days. It seemed out of character. “We were getting there,” said Rafi bleakly. ” “She got a call. Smithsonian magazine. They had an assignment for her. ” Holliday asked. He dumped the coarse ground coffee into the Bodum French press on the counter and poured in boiling water from the kettle. The cowboy coffee on the stove was for himself; the Bodum was for guests.
This isn’t some whacko story about religious conspiracies and whether or not Jesus had a sex life. ” Rafi shrugged. “Okay. ” “Money,” said Holliday firmly. ” “We followed the trail of the sword from my uncle Henry’s house all the way to that cave on Corvo in the Azores. Rodrigues showed Peggy and me a hundred thousand gold-cased scrolls from the Library at Alexandria and half a dozen ancient storehouses. A wealth of history, enough to keep scholars happy for a hundred years. Longer. ” “The treasure of the Templars,” agreed Rafi.
A Song for Arbonne by Guy Gavriel Kay