Crossed: A Tale of the Fourth Crusade by Nicole Galland

By Nicole Galland

within the yr 1202, tens of hundreds of thousands of crusaders assemble in Venice, getting ready to embark for Jerusalem to unfastened the Holy urban from Muslim rule. between them is a lowly vagabond Briton, rescued from damnation through a pious knight who burns with zealous fireplace for his or her sacred venture. and they set sail, in addition to devoted companions—and with a stunning, mysterious Arab ''princess'' whom the vagabond liberates from a brutish service provider. however the divine gentle guiding their ''righteous'' crusade quickly darkens because the challenge sinks ever deeper into disaster, shame, and ethical turpitude—as Christians homicide Christians within the Adriatic port urban of Zara, tragic occasions are set in movement that may finally result in the surprising and shameful fall of Constantinople.

Impeccably researched and wonderfully informed, Nicole Galland's Crossed is a gorgeous story of the disastrous Fourth Crusade—and of the hopeful, courageous, and pushed who have been stuck up in and irrevocably replaced by means of a corrupted reason and a livid conflict past their comprehension or regulate.

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Your Highness—” “There is no sense in escaping if we die on the way,” she said reasonably. “And you, clearly, have not thought this out. ” She slipped past the guard, who was coming to and moaning, and went to the prie-dieu in the corner. She tugged at the top, where one’s praying hands rest, until the board came off. She reached into the shallow box below and pulled out a small sack. Seeing the surprise on my face, she said, “Do you think I have not made my own preparations, these past five years?

He signaled to a servant, as if sharing some 40 NICOLE GALL AND private joke. I knew this man from my visit here the day before; supposedly he was a eunuch, but somehow I doubted it (for starters, he was mustachioed). The servant, looking bored, bowed stiffly and left the room through a disguised door in the wall. The door had been completely invisible until he opened it. It was directly across the hall from where Otto and I sat; perhaps there was another such disguised door right behind us? I adjusted myself on the cushions and began to finger the plaster behind me.

Discretion will be practiced,” the older explained. “Will be? ” I stood up as if to stretch my back, then reached out with one arm to grab onto a stretch of rigging that I’d CROSSED 33 heard a mariner refer to as a ratline—a spidery ladder straight to the basket near the top of the mainmast. I tested it for tautness. It would hold my weight. I was barefoot, like most of the mariners; I’d already figured out that the best way to stay stuck to the boat deck was to grab the tacky stuff between the narrow planks with my toes.

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