King Hereafter

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It comes from being a seaman.’ ‘He told you not to drink the water,’ Otkel said.
‘I haven’t. Christ knows what would be happening if I’d drunk the water,’ Gillocher said. ‘I would never leave the bui
...lding at all. How the lions and the gladiators ever got out to face one another is past my understanding.’ It was the day on which history was to be made. The day when a ruler of Alba and Orkney would enter the city of Rome for the first time in the seventeen hundred years of its existence.
The previous two days had made history, too, in the velocity with which Thorfinn had deployed his complaining courtmen through the Borgo. From what they discovered, he learned that the envoys of Dol and of England had not yet arrived. And he himself, calling to deliver gifts and take refreshment at the house of Archbishop Adalbero of Metz, whose company from Strasbourg he had so lately enjoyed, had one encounter of note. That is, he found himself trapped in the presence of sub-deacon Hildebrand, the Pope’s financial expert, and subjected to a thorough discussion on the tax referred to as Peter’s Pence.
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