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Download and read online God s Hammer in PDF and EPUB 935AD: The North is in turmoil. Harald Fairhair, Norway's greatest King has died, leaving his high seat to his murderous son, Erik Bloodaxe, who has ruthlessly disposed of all opponents to his throne except one, Erik's youngest brother, Hakon, who is being fostered in the Christian court of King Athelstan in England. Unable to avoid his fate, Hakon leaves the comfort of the English court to face his ruthless brother.
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Download and read online Byzantium in PDF and EPUB Born to rule Although born to rule, Aidan lives as a scribe in a remote Irish monastery on the far, wild edge of Christendom. Secure in work, contemplation, and dreams of the wider world, a miracle bursts into Aidan's quiet life. He is chosen to accompany a small band of monks on a quest to the farthest eastern reaches of the known world, to the fabled city of Byzantium, where they are to present a beautiful and costly hand-illuminated manuscript, the Book of Kells, to the Emperor of all Christendom. Thus begins an expedition by sea and over land, as Aidan becomes, by turns, a warrior and a sailor, a slave and a spy, a Viking and a Saracen, and finally, a man. He sees more of the world than most men of his time, becoming an ambassador to kings and an intimate of Byzantium's fabled Golden Court. And finally this valiant Irish monk faces the greatest trial that can confront any man in any age: commanding his own Destiny.
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