By Mary Gentle
"It's approximately intercourse, and cruelty, and forgiveness."
hence starts a sweeping old event approximately dueling swordsmen and the plot to kill a king within the grand culture of Dorothy Dunnett and Alexander Dumas.
The 12 months is 1610. Continental Europe is in brief at peace after years of warfare, yet Henri IV of France is making plans to invade the German principalities. In England, basically 5 years previous, conspirators approximately succeeded in blowing up King James I and his Parliament. The seeds of the English Civil warfare and the Thirty Years struggle are visibly being sown, and the prospect for either enlightenment and catastrophe abounds.
yet Valentin Rochefort, duelist and secret agent for France's strong monetary minister, couldn't care much less. till he's drawn into the glittering palaces, bawdy again streets, and gorgeous theatrics of Renaissance France and Shakespearean London in a dangerous plot either to kill King James I and to save lots of him. For this swordsman and not using a sense of right and wrong is ready to discover himself stuck among loyalty, love, and blackmail, among kings, queens, politicians, and Rosicrucians -- and the girl he has, unknowingly, crossed land and sea to satisfy.
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The old man’s gaze seemed to be just then perceiving it. “It’s been opened right up. ” “Right on in. ” “T H E D E V I L ? ” “ Too loud. ” The old man muttered something unintelligible before reaching up to brush dandruff off his shoulders. After a deep intake of breath, a deep expulsion. The wind blew hot and humid across the barrens. “ What’s your name? ” “ Yes sir. ” “East? No. I’m waiting on a different train from that. Mine … well mine’s gonna be a strange one indeed. ” “But we don’t get ’em coming through here in reverse, sir.
Especially not religion. Hear what I say? ” He raised his cane, aimed its bullet tip at the surrounding hills. “There’s your Supreme Intelligence. There’s all the Bible you need. Take a look. You see a battle raging out there ’tween good and evil? ’ Tween God and Satan? Bunkum. No creeds needed out there. ” At that moment he unexpectedly jolted the base of his stick back into his solar plexus with the force of a gun recoil, but it did not suppress a raking cough. The stick fell onto the boards.
But these were all completely readable by her. Looking after his reputation for decade upon decade, still correcting his old friends when they called him Alva (his boyhood name, which she erased when she turned him publicly into Tom, so much more solidly American to her ears), she protected that three-part name as she protected his corporeal self: with long-learnt patience. And if he responded by playing with her emotions, telling her constantly that he was at death’s door, so what? By preparing her for the end, she knew what was codified into these actions too.