By Peter Tremayne
In A.D. 664, King Oswy of Northumbria has convened a synod at Whitby to listen to debate among the Roman and Celtic Christian church buildings and judge which will be granted primacy in his state. At stake is far quite a lot of disputed issues of formality; Oswy's determination may possibly impact the survival of both church within the Saxon kingdoms. whilst the Abbess Etain, a number one speaker for the Celtic church, is located murdered, suspicion falls upon the Roman faction. that allows you to diffuse the tensions that threaten to erupt into civil conflict, Oswy turns to Sister Fidelma of the Celtic Church (Irish and an suggest for the Brehon courtroom) and Brother Eadulf of the Roman church (from east Anglia and of a family members of hereditary magistrates) to discover the killer. yet as additional murders take place and a treasonous plot opposed to Oswy matures, Fidelma and Eadulf quickly locate themselves operating out of time.
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Hesitantly, one of her male companions moved forward and handed over a small knife. Sister Fidelma took it and dismounted, moving across to where the rope that held the body was tied to a lower branch to keep it in place. She had raised the knife to cut it when a sharp cry caused her to turn sharply round in the direction of the sound. Half-a-dozen men had emerged on foot from the woods on the far side of the road. They were led by a man mounted on a horse-a burly man with long unkempt hair curling from underneath a polished bronze helmet and merging into a great bushy black beard.
He wore a burnished breastplate and carried himself with some authority. His companions, clustered behind him, carried an assortment of weaponry, mostly staffs and bows with arrows strung but not drawn. Sister Fidelma had no knowledge of what the man shouted, but it was clearly an order, and it took little . guessing that it was an order for her to desist in her task. She glanced at Brother Taran, who was patently apprehensive. " Sister Fidelma gestured with impatience. "That I can deduce for myself.
And the gold of the Christians was as good as anyone's, so it was none of his concern that his cargo was a group of Christian religious. He turned, back against the wind, and spat over the side, raising his colorless yet bright eyes to the great sail above him. Now was the time to haul down the sail and set the thirty-eight slaves who manned the oars pulling towards the coast. He moved aft along the eighty-foot- long vessel, shouting orders as he went. Brother Eadulf made his way to the stern to find his companions, a half-dozen men now stretched out on straw palliasses.