The Eagles' Brood continues the saga of the Colony known as Camulod, and the tale of the descendants of those brave Romans who forged a new way of life for the Celt and Roman peoples when the Roman legions departed Britain. Most know the new leader of the Colony as Merlyn; all call him Commander. Cauis Merlyn Britannicus is responsible for their safety, and all look to him for guidance, leadership, justice, and salvation. It is a harsh life but a good community, and Merlyn is dedicated to spreading the influence of Roman culture beyond the Colony's borders. Uther Pendragon, the man who will father the legendary Arthur, is the cousin Merlyn has known and loved since they were birthed, four hours apart on the same day, the year the legions left Britain. He is the tireless warrior--the red dragon to Merlyn's great silver bear--and between the two of them, the Colony knows few enemies. As different as they can be, they are inseparable: two faces of the same coin. In a world torn apart by warfare and upheaval, each is the other's certainty and guarantee of the survival of the Colony . . . until a vicious crime, one that strikes at the roots of Merlyn's life, drives a wedge between them. A wedge that threatens the fate of a nation ....
In his efforts to keep young Arthur safe, and to educate him in a safe environment, Merlin leaves Camulod with Arthur and a selected group. He takes them by galleys, owned by Connor. Derek of Ravenglass gives them permission to occupy an abandoned fort, Mediobogdum, and they stay there for about 5 years. However, they must still avoid enemies such as Peter Ironhair and his magician friend, and Arthur must learn to perform in battle the things he has been taught. Merlin drops his name and becomes plain Master Cay.
A brother of the Order-a medieval secret society uniting noble families in a sacred bond-Sir Hugh de Payens has emerged from the First Crusade a broken man seeking to dedicate his life to God. But the Order has other plans for him: to uncover a deadly secret that could shatter the very might of the Church itself.
From the author of Uther and The Eagle comes Knights of the Black and White-the first in a dramatic historical trilogy about the rise and fall of the Knights Templar It is 1088. While many French nobles continue their occupation of a violently hostile England, one young knight, Hugh de Payens, is inducted into a powerful secret society in his father's castle in Anjou. The Order of Rebirth in Sion draws its membership from the ranks of some of France's most powerful families, with only one son from each generation eligible to be selected, and its members' loyalty to the ancient brotherhood transcends loyalty to both Church and state. When the new Pope calls for knights to join his Crusade to redeem the Holy Land, Hugh is commanded by the Order to go along and finds himself in hellish battle in Jerusalem. Sickened by the slaughter of innocents and civilians and appalled by the savagery of his fellow Christians, Hugh appeals to the Order to allow him and a few of the brotherhood to follow a different path. Determined to remain true to their own beliefs, they become the Poor Fellow Soldiers of Christ, a unique order of fighting monks, and use the skills honed in battle to defend and protect pilgrims on the road to Jerusalem. But the Order has a different plan, and soon the brethren are charged with an outlandish and dangerous task-a seemingly impossible mission to uncover a treasure hidden in the very center of Jerusalem, a treasure that might not only destroy the Crusader kingdom of Jerusalem but also threaten the fabric of the Church itself.
The third novel in the thrilling historical trilogy about the rise and fall of the powerful and mysterious Templars, from the author of the immensely popular Camulod Chronicles. "Order in Chaos" begins just prior to Friday the thirteenth of October 1307, the original Day of Infamy that marked the abrupt end of the Order of the Templars. On that day, without warning, King Philip IV sent his armies to arrest every Templar in France in a single morning. Then, with the aid of Pope Clement V, he seized all the Temple assets and set the Holy Inquisition against the Order. Forewarned at the last minute by the Grand Master himself, who has discovered the king's plot too late to thwart it, Sir William St. Clair flees France with the Temple's legendary treasure, taking with him several hundred knights, along with the Scots-born widow of a French Baron, the Lady Jessica Randolph. As time passes and the evidence of the French King's treachery becomes incontestable, St. Clair finds himself increasingly disillusioned and decides, on behalf of his Order, to abandon the past. He releases his men from their "sacred" vows of papal obedience and leads them into battle as Temple Knights one last time, in support of King Robert Bruce at the battle of Bannockburn. And in the aftermath of victory, he takes his surviving men away in search of another legend: the fabled land, mentioned in Templar lore, that lies beyond the Western Ocean and is known as Merica.
The Renegade is a blazing, brilliant, new historical adventure in Jack Whyte's Guardians series. Packed with action, heroism, and vibrant historical detail, The Renegade recounts the life of Scotland's greatest medieval king, Robert the Bruce. Bruce was one of the most famous warriors of his generation, eventually leading Scotland during the Wars of Scottish Independence against the Kingdom of England, most famously at the bloody Battle of Bannockburn. Today in Scotland, Bruce is revered as a national hero, but during his lifetime, the rebellious leader and guerrilla tactician was a thorn in Edward Plantagenet"s side, earning himself the nickname the Renegade. Set in the 14th century, The Guardians series features three extraordinary guardians of medieval Scotland, the greatest heroes the country ever produced. The exploits and escapades, high ideals, and fierce patriotism of William Wallace, Robert the Bruce, and Sir James Douglas are the stuff of legends, and the soul and substance of these epic novels.
The orphaned Arthur is heir to the Colony of Camulod. Born with Roman heritage as well as the royal blood of the Hibernians and the Celtics, Arthur is the living incarnation of his ancestors' dream: independent survival in Britain amidst the ruins of the Roman Empire. When Arthur is adopted by his cousin, Caius Merlyn Britannicus, an enormous responsibility is placed upon Merlyn's shoulders. Now he must prepare young Arthur to unify the clans of Britain and guard the mighty sword Excalibur, crafted by his great uncle, Publius Varrus. Above all, Merlyn must see that Arthur survives to achieve his ancestors' dream, in spite of the deadly threats rumbling from the Saxon Shore. "Another dipperful from the fertile Arthurian well, sans magic but brimful of action". -- Kirkus Reviews on the Eagles' Brood. "Whyte breathes life into the Arthurian myths by weaving the reality of history into it. The first volume has left me eagerly awaiting the forthcoming sequels". -- Tony Hillerman. "This isn't the usual Arthurian tale with a fantasy gloss; in graphic realism lies its fascination, and its power". -- Publishers Weekly on The Eagles' Brood.
The story of how the legendary sword Excalibur was forged.
The relationship between a leader of a Roman legion and his subordinate, and the search for a mysterious stone which fell from the sky. Narrated by Publius Varrus, first as a soldier and then an ironsmith, he develops a close relationship with his Legate, Caius Brittanicus. In 369 A.D., Publius leaves the military and takes up his trade as an ironsmith. He seeks a special stone, The Skystone, which contains a valuable quality of metal, which his grandfather told him about. He goes to the place where the Skystones are supposed to have fallen from the sky, and there meets his future wife, who is the sister of his former Legate and friend, Caius Brittanicus.
In the sixth volume of Whyte's widely praised Camulod Chronicles, the king is crowned--and a legend is born.
In this thrilling sequel to the bestselling Knights of the Black and White, oaths of loyalty and obedience are weighed against the virtues of honor and nobility. Three members of the St. Clair family find themselves embroiled in battle, imperiled by circumstance, and unsure whether their true enemy stands against them . . . or among them. As the deadly Crusades rage on, Christian forces are easily destroyed by the armies of Saladin, Sultan of Egypt, Syria, and Mesopotamia. Among the Knights Templar are two cousins; Andre St. Clair, a young man forced to escape his homeland when he is wrongfully accused of a crime, and Scottish knight Alexander Sinclair, a spy for the ancient Brotherhood of Sion. . Along with his father, Henry, Andre is offered the chance to escape injustice by joining the Third Crusade and fighting with the armies of Richard of Aquitaine, soon to become King of England. Sinclair's war is almost over before it begins when he is taken captive by one of Saladin's captains. Learning from his captor that Saladin believes the Knights Templar to be the most dangerous of all the enemies of Islam and that he is determined to kill them all, Sinclair fears for his friends' lives. But perhaps the biggest threat to the St. Clair family is the new king, Richard the Lionheart, whose duplicitous ways and fierce temper lead to his shocking and vicious betrayal of one of his best men. Filled with dramatic adventure and rich in the historical detail Jack Whyte fans have come to expect, Standard of Honor is a stunning continuation of this epic history of the Knights Templar.
This brilliant Arthurian epic cuts through the mists of pagan, early Christian, and medieval splendors that have gathered about the subject and tells the authentic story of the man who may well have been the real King Arthur--Artos the Bear, the mighty warrior-king who saved the last lights of Western civilization when the barbarian darkness descended in the fifth century. Presenting early Britain as it was after the departure of the Romans--no Round Table, no many-towered Camelot--the setting is a hard, savage land, half-civilized, half-pagan, where a few men struggled to forge a nation and hold back the Saxon scourge. Richly detailed, the story chronicles the formation of a great army, the hardships of winter quarters, the primitive wedding feasts, the pagan fertility rites, the agonies of surgery after battle, the thrilling stag hunts, and the glorious processions of the era. Stripped of the chivalric embellishments that the French applied to British history centuries ago, the Arthurian age here emerges as a time when men stood at the precipice of history--a time of transition and changing values and imminent national peril.
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