By Stephen R. Lawhead
Even though born to rule, Aidan lives as a scribe in a distant Irish monastery at the a long way, wild fringe of Christendom. safe in paintings, contemplation, and goals of the broader international, a miracle bursts into Aidan's quiet existence. he's selected to accompany a small band of priests on a quest to the farthest jap reaches of the identified international, to the fabled urban of Byzantium, the place they're to give a stunning and dear hand-illuminated manuscript, the ebook of Kells, to the Emperor of all Christendom.
Thus starts an excursion by means of sea and over land, as Aidan turns into, by means of turns, a warrior and a sailor, a slave and a secret agent, a Viking and a Saracen, and eventually, a guy. He sees extra of the area than such a lot males of his time, turning into an envoy to kings and an intimate of Byzantium's fabled Golden court docket. and eventually this valiant Irish monk faces the best trial that could confront any guy in any age: commanding his personal future.
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Byzantium by Stephen R. Lawhead