The Tiger and the Cauldron(ch9)

Chapter 9 Constantinople The Sea of Marmara was like a sheet of blue glass as the Venetian Trader skimmed over the water towards the harbour like a graceful swan. Hassan felt a surge of excitement as the city of Constantine loomed up before him, its walls high and seemingly unbreachable. It had been four years …

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The Tiger and the Cauldron(ch7)

Chapter 7 Doquz crept along in the darkness, her companions a few paces behind. Hampered by the bags of coins fastened to their sword belts, their progress was slow. The atmosphere was stifling and the air seemed more unwholesome than before. They had almost reached the junction where the funnel led upwards to the garden …

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The Tiger and the Cauldron(ch4)

Chapter 4 And what shoulder, and what art could twist the sinews of thy heart? (William Blake) VENICE, ITALY The clash of swords disturbed the tranquillity of the valley. On an open stretch of ground amid sprouting vines, and overlooking a lazy bend in the River Po, two men were exercising vigorously. One was tall, …

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