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 might be granted primacy in his country. At stake is way quite a lot of disputed issues of formality; Oswy's selection might impact the survival of both church within the Saxon kingdoms. while the Abbess Etain, a number one speaker for the Celtic church, is located murdered, suspicion falls upon the Roman faction. so as to diffuse the tensions that threaten to erupt into civil conflict, Oswy turns to Sister Fidelma of the Celtic Church (Irish and an recommend for the Brehon courtroom) and Brother Eadulf of the Roman church (from east Anglia and of a kinfolk 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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Demanded Fidelma. " Wulfric shrugged eloquently. "His mother probably knew his name-and his God. " she pressed again, trying to control the anger she felt. The warrior, Wulfric, had moved so that his mount was close to the young religieuse. He leant forward in his saddle towards her. Her nose wrinkled as she smelt his foul breath and saw his blackened teeth grinning at her. He was clearly impressed that, young as she was, and woman that she was, she did not seem afraid of him or of his companions.

Better a manly god, a warrior god, like Tiw or Woden, Thunor, Freyour and Seaxnat, who punished their enemies, welcomed warriors and slew the weak and feeble. Yet he was a man of business. A ship's master. 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.

Our church, whose teachings your people follow, is subject to the laws of our people and the Abbess Etain, who will be speaking for our church, asked me to attend in case there is need for some advice or explanation in this matter. " "Then you are truly well come to this place, for your counsel is to aid us in arriving at the one great truth," replied Hilda. "And your counsel concerning Wulfric will be noted, have no fear. " Sister Fidelma grimaced wryly. Royal protection had not helped Brother Aelfric.

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