The Tiger and the Cauldron(30)

Chapter 30 Note: the parasang is an old Persian measure of distance, equal to about 5.5 kilometres The mechanism built by the Assassins for drawing water had long been dismantled, however a search of the caves uncovered some urns and wine casks abandoned by later occupiers of the fortress. Most were damaged or wasted beyond …

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The Tiger and the Cauldron(28)

Chapter 28 THE VALLEY OF THE ASSASSINS The rock on which the once impregnable fortress of Alamut stood lay in the heart of the Alburz Mountains. There were many such rocks and many such fortresses in the region, but three had earned a place in popular myth, Lamasar, Maymun-Diz and Alamut itself - last bastions …

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