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By Robert E. Howard

 The immortal legacy of Robert E. Howard, author of Conan the Cimmerian, maintains with this most up-to-date compendium of Howard’s fiction and poetry. those adventures, set in medieval-era Europe and the close to East, are one of the so much gripping Howard ever wrote, packed with pageantry, romance, and conflict scenes helpful of Tolstoy himself. so much of all, they characteristic a few of Howard’s most unique and remarkable characters, together with Cormac FitzGeoffrey, a half-Irish, half-Norman guy of struggle who follows Richard the Lion-hearted to twelfth-century Palestine—or, because it used to be recognized to the Crusaders, Outremer; Diego de Guzman, a Spaniard who visits Cairo within the guise of a Muslim on a venture of revenge; and the mythical sword lady darkish Agnès, who, confronted with an prepared marriage to a brutal husband in sixteenth-century France, cuts the rite brief with a dagger thrust and flees to forge a brand new identification at the battlefield.

Lavishly illustrated through award-winning artist John Watkiss and that includes miscellanea, informative essays, and a desirable advent via acclaimed old writer Scott Oden, Sword lady and different ancient Adventures is a must have for each fan of Robert E. Howard, who, in a profession spanning simply twelve years, received a spot within the pantheon of significant American writers.

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Yet i'm God, and to gods all issues are attainable, yea, all kingdoms and glory! ” III look in short on the international on that evening of portent, 1021 A. D. It used to be an evening in an age of swap, an age writhing within the throes of work during which all that is going to make up the trendy global was once suffering for beginning. It was once an international purple and torn, chaotic and lousy, pregnant with imponderable strength, but it seems that sinking into stagnation and damage. In Egypt a Sunnite inhabitants groaned lower than the heel of a Shiite dynasty – a dynasty shrunken and shrivelled from international empire, yet nonetheless robust, attaining from the Euphrates to the Sudan. among the borders of Egypt and the western sea stretched an unlimited expanse inhabited by way of wild tribes nominally less than the caliph’s sceptre, an identical tribes which had in an prior day beaten the Gothic nation of Spain, and which now stirred restlessly of their mountains, desiring just a robust chief to brush them back in an overpowering wave opposed to Christendom. In Spain the divided Moorish provinces gave flooring prior to the hosts of Castile, Leon and Navarre. yet those Christian kingdoms, cast of blood and iron even though they have been, weren't numerically strong adequate to have withstood the mixed onslaught of Islam. They shaped Christendom’s western frontier, whereas Byzantium shaped the japanese frontier, as within the days of Omar and the conquering partners, preserving again the horns of the Crescent that else had met in center Europe to shape an inexorable circle. And the Crescent used to be by no means useless; it purely slept, or even in its shut eye throbbed the drums of empire. Europe, within the grip of feudalism, used to be weaker internally than on her borders. The international locations have been already taking shadowy form, yet as but there has been no genuine nationwide spirit. In France there has been neither Charlemagne nor Martel – purely ravenous, plague-harried peasantry, warring fiefs, and a land torn via strife among Capet and Norman duke, overlord and rebellious vassal. And France used to be commonplace of Europe. there have been, it's real, powerful males within the West: Canute the Dane, ruling Saxon England; Henry of Germany, Emperor of the shadowy Holy Roman Empire. yet Canute used to be similar to the king of one other global, in his sea-girt isolation, and the Emperor had his fingers complete in looking to weld his rival nation-states of Germany and Italy, and in beating again the encroaching Slavs. In Byzantium the wonderful reign of Basilius Bulgaroktonos used to be drawing to an in depth. Already lengthy shadows have been falling from the east around the Golden Horn. Byzantium was once nonetheless Christendom’s mightiest bulwark; yet westward from Bokhara have been relocating the horsemen of the steppes destined speedily to wrest from the jap Empire her final Asiatic ownership. The Seljuks, blocked at the south through the glittering Indo-Iranian empire of Mahmud of Ghazni, have been using towards the surroundings solar, to not be halted till their horses’ hoofs splashed the waters of the Mediterranean. In Bagdad the Persian Buides fought within the streets with the Turkish mercenaries of the vulnerable Abbasside caliph.

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