By Stephen R. Lawhead
Born to rule even if born to rule, Aidan lives as a scribe in a distant Irish monastery at the some distance, wild fringe of Christendom. safe in paintings, contemplation, and desires of the broader global, a miracle bursts into Aidan's quiet existence. he's selected to accompany a small band of clergymen on a quest to the farthest jap reaches of the recognized global, to the fabled urban of Byzantium, the place they're to give a stunning and dear hand-illuminated manuscript, the e-book of Kells, to the Emperor of all Christendom. therefore starts off an day trip via sea and over land, as Aidan turns into, through turns, a warrior and a sailor, a slave and a undercover agent, a Viking and a Saracen, and at last, a guy. He sees extra of the area than so much males of his time, changing into an envoy to kings and an intimate of Byzantium's fabled Golden court docket. and at last this valiant Irish monk faces the best trial which may confront any guy in any age: commanding his personal future.
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Bishop Cadoc led the party, striding forth boldly for all he was a very old man. Yet, his step was strong and his eye keen as the eagle on the cambutta in his hand. This sacred symbol, fashioned in yellow gold atop his bishop’s staff, gleamed with a holy light in the midday sun, scattering the shadows as he passed. There were many monks with him—thirty altogether. I watched each one as he passed through the gate, and wondered which among them were The Chosen. I wondered also who carried the book.
And yet, the Great King, in his infinite wisdom, has seen fit to include us in your exalted company. ” He made a little bow of his head, and put an amiable hand on the tall man’s shoulder. “Gwilym, here, is an artisan for whom gold and precious stones were 38 / STEPHEN R. ” The monk inclined his head in easy acknowledgement of the compliment. Brynach turned to the black-haired youth. ” “My family have been physicians for seven generations,” Ddewi explained, speaking for the first time. ” His voice and manner were quiet, hinting at unseen depths.
It is finished,” Libir said. “We have done our part. ” Brocmal finally allowed himself a satisfied grin as his gaze played over all the finished leaves on the tables. ” “You are very bards of vellum,” I told them. ” Both monks regarded me curiously, and I thought they might mention my contribution in their rejoicing at the completion of their labours, but they turned away, saying nothing. We then joined our brothers for the beginning of the Easter celebration—but not before securing the precious leaves.
Byzantium (Harper Fiction) by Stephen R. Lawhead