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The Bloodstained Throne by Simon Beaufort

By Simon Beaufort

The hot ‘Sir Geoffrey Mappestone’ secret - whilst the previous crusader knight Geoffrey Mappestone and his good friend Roger of Durham attempt to slip out of britain to the Holy Land, a ferocious hurricane destroys the send they're on and casts them ashore. the 2 knights are unwillingly thrust into the corporate of different shipwrecked passengers, and whereas trying to dodge the unwelcome recognition of the extra risky individuals of the crowd, they turn into unwillingly drawn right into a plot to overthrow the king and go back England to Saxon rule . . .

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I do not know! It made no sense, because, as his friend, Juhel would have been entitled to keep it. But he threw it in the sea with great haste. ’ pressed Ulfrith. Philippa was becoming exasperated with him. ‘I do not know! Perhaps those documents that were tied up with red ribbon. ’ ‘Sir Geoffrey uses red ribbon when he writes to his wife and sister,’ said Ulfrith. ’ ‘I shall persuade him myself, thank you,’ said Philippa with a sultry smile. ‘Paisnel had a medallion,’ said Ulfrith thoughtfully.

It was perfectly symmetrical, and Geoffrey wondered how it had happened. ‘I am not playing milksop to passengers,’ Fingar growled, his attention on the seething waves and those of his men who still floundered in them. The rest sat in deflated, sullen groups around their salvage. ’ asked Geoffrey. ‘Nothing is coming ashore in one piece, and smashed planking and soaking pelts cannot be of value to you. We should make our way to the nearest settlement for—’ Fingar rounded on him with a fury that would have made most men take a step back.

Sir Geoffrey Mappestone was among the lucky ones. He had guessed as soon as he had heard the roar of breakers that the ship was doomed, and he had managed to warn his companions, seize his saddlebag and unleash his dog. The horses, however, had been tethered aft, and although he had tried his best to reach them, the task was impossible. It was a sickening wrench to lose his warhorse: the animal had carried him into battle when Jerusalem had fallen to the Crusading army three years before, and he could not imagine life without it.

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