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The Saracen the Holy War, By Robert Shea

The Saracen the Holy War, By Robert Shea

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The Saracen is a two-part novel written by Robert Shea. The two separate portions, The Land of the Infidel and The Holy War are a continuous tale.
The Saracen is a two-part novel written by Robert Shea. The two separate portions, The Land of the Infidel and The Holy War are a continuous tale.

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Published by: Sk. Md. Saifur Rahaman on Jan 12, 2011
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The Saracen: The Holy War, by Robert Shea
THE CHARGE TOWARD DESTINYDaoud slung his bow across his back and drew his long,curving saif from the scabbard. The noonday sun flashedon it as he held it high. His men roamed and brandishedtheir own swords.The band had caught up with them, and the trumpets andhautboys screamed death to the enemy while thekettledrums rumbled.There was nothing left to protect Charles d'Anjou now.There was not even time for the French leader to run. Heseemed to know it. He had his sword out and he held up awhite shield with a red cross.Urging the Arabian on, shouting the name of God, Daoudraced toward triumph....
 
PROLOGUEA summary of 
The Saracen
Book One,
 Land of the Infidel
 
 A.D. April 12, 1264 / 4th day of Jumada, A.H. 662
 Feverish, his arrow-wounded leg throbbing, Daoud ibnAbdallah lies in bed after a night of battle and defeat. Asdawn lights the eggshell-white windowpanes in his room,he recalls the events that led him to this bitter hour.Daoud was born to an English crusading family that hadsettled in Palestine. Captured by Muslims as a child, hewas taken to El Kahira, Cairo, chief city of Egypt, andselected for the Mamelukes, the elite corps of slavewarriors gathered from all parts of the Middle East toserve the sultans of El Kahira.He became a favorite of a leading Mameluke emir,Baibars. Young and in need of comfort, he converted toIslam. He came to love the faith of Muhammad, totallyand humbly dedicating himself to its tenets and to thewelfare of the Muslim people. He studied with SheikhSaadi, a Sufi mystic, and with the Hashishiyya, thedreaded sect known in Europe as the Assassins.In those years the Tartars, invincible legions of mountedbarbarians, had come out of Asia, invading the Islamicworld. A huge army led by Hulagu, grandson of theTartar conqueror, Genghis Khan, had already conqueredPersia and Syria and was poised to attack Egypt. AndHulagu was sending ambassadors to the pope to urge

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