The Tiger and the Cauldron(35)

Chapter 35 TALAQAN Ghazan had launched everything into the attack. His archers in two pincer waves strove to cut into Baidu’s flanks while five thousand heavy cavalrymen from the Khorasan tumen mounted two charges against the enemy’s front ranks. Rashid watched apprehensively from the hilltop. The last hour had been one of inactivity for him …

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The Tiger and the Cauldron(21)

Chapter 21 Eighteen of the enemy had fallen in the raid, fourteen dead and four mortally wounded. Of these, four were entirely due to Ali’s skill with the bow, while Sabbah’s group had despatched six. Hassan’s command had accounted for a further four, Khumar’s three and Doquz herself one. There were twelve prisoners, four of …

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The Tiger and the Cauldron(19)

Chapter 19 MARAGHA ‘It’s intolerable, Master!’ Suleiman al-Urdi brought his fist down so hard that the topmost of a stack of books leapt from the table and landed on the floor. Shirazi regarded him impassively. Even learned mathematicians sometimes lost their tempers. ‘What would you have me do, Suleiman?’ he asked gently. Al-Urdi was determined …

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The Tiger and the Cauldron(17)

Chapter 17 There were nineteen in the camp; four were women, Doquz herself, Fatima, and two others - Talitha and Mariam. However there were no divisions according to gender. Men and women alike shared duties - guarding the pass, preparing and cooking the food, and taking part in expeditions. The lower caves of the mountain, …

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