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Even though born to rule, Aidan lives as a scribe in a distant Irish monastery at the a long way, wild fringe of Christendom. safe in paintings, contemplation, and desires of the broader international, a miracle bursts into Aidan's quiet lifestyles. he's selected to accompany a small band of clergymen on a quest to the farthest japanese reaches of the identified international, to the fabled urban of Byzantium, the place they're to provide a stunning and expensive hand-illuminated manuscript, the publication of Kells, to the Emperor of all Christendom.

Thus starts an excursion through sea and over land, as Aidan turns into, through turns, a warrior and a sailor, a slave and a undercover agent, a Viking and a Saracen, and eventually, a guy. He sees extra of the area than such a lot males of his time, changing into an envoy to kings and an intimate of Byzantium's fabled Golden courtroom. and at last this valiant Irish monk faces the best trial which may confront any guy in any age: commanding his personal future.

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