By Jack Vance
In Lyonesse II: the golf green Pearl and Madouc the paranormal lands of excessive attraction - the Elder Isles, the land, long-vanished underneath the sea, from which King Arthur's ancestors fled to Britain - come to amazing existence back. during this historical land the world of chivalry and the realm of faerie exist facet by means of facet and it's a position of wierd attractiveness, excessive experience and eerie magic. Warring kings renew their conflicts, opposing magicians devise ever more odd and sinister stratagems and Madouc, ostensibly the daughter of the ill-fated Princess Suldrun yet in truth a changeling, turns into embroiled in political rivalries, army adventures - and the hunt for the Grail.
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I do not want it,” said Sir Tristano. ” “Impossible! Remember, if you will, that I am vowed poverty! Or, better to state, I am reconciled to the condition Sir Tristano gingerly picked up the twig and the two of them returned to the Blue Ox where they once again sat down to their refreshment. “It is only just noon,” said Sir Tristano. ” “I am of the same inclination,” said Orlo. ” .. Orlo scratched his cheek. “Now that I think of it, nothing would be simpler. ” “Sound thinking! ” Orlo squinted down at the pearl in distaste.
The heart of Dun Cruighre was its noisy and sometimes raucous square, often the scene of impromptu horse-races, for the Celts were great ones at contention of any sort. Dun Cruighre was enlivened by much coming and going, with constant sea-traffic to and from Ireland and Britain. A Christian monastery, the Brotherhood of Saint Bac, boasted a dozen famous relics and attracted pilgrims by the hundreds. Ships from far lands lay alongside the docks, and traders set up booths to display their imports: silk and cotton from Persia; jade, cinnabar and malachite from various lands; perfumed waxes and palm-oil soap from Egypt; Byzantine glass and Rimini faience-all to be exchanged for Celtic gold, silver or tin.
A thief and pickpocket, unless I am very much taken,” said Sir Tristano. ” The pickpocket was dragged to the platform; his pouch as turned out, yielding coins, brooches, golden chains, clasps and buttons, which folk from the crowd came forward in excitement to claim. Lord Emmence rose to his feet. “I discover here an exercise in sheer impudence! While we rid ourselves of one thiet another circulates among us, stealing those valuables and ornaments which we have worn for the occasion. Hangman your axe is sharp!
Lyonesse II: The Green Pearl and Madouc (Fantasy Masterworks) (Bk. 2) by Jack Vance