The Skystone (The Camulod Chronicles, Book 1) by Jack Whyte

By Jack Whyte

In keeping with vast historic learn and informed with a compelling voice such as an epic poem, The Skystone is the explosive first paintings in a six-part sequence that explores the legend of Arthur, King of the Britons. "If James Michener is the previous grasp of the sweeping epic, then Jack Whyte may be the long run one".--Calgary Herald.

Everyone is aware the story-how Arthur pulled the sword from the stone, how Camelot got here to be, and concerning the energy struggles that eventually destroyed Arthur's goals. yet what of the time earlier than Arthur and the forces that created him?

How did the legend relatively come to pass?

Before the time of Arthur and his Camelot, Britain used to be a gloomy and lethal position, savaged by way of warring factions of Picts, Celts, and invading Saxons. The Roman voters who had lived there for generations have been all of sudden confronted with a perilous selection: may still they depart and absorb place of abode in a corrupt Roman international that used to be totally overseas, or should still they remain and face the insanity that might occur while Britain's final bastion of security for the civilized, the Roman legions, left?

For Romans, Publius Varrus and his buddy Caius Britannicus, there will be just one resolution. they'll remain, to maintain what's better of Roman existence, and should create a brand new tradition out of the wreckage. In doing so, they'll unknowingly plant the seeds of legend-for those males are Arthur's great-grandfathers, and their activities will form a country . . . and forge a sword referred to as Excalibur.

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Learning to be a knight involved formal training. Usually a son was sent to the household of another lord where he would serve first as a page, then as a squire. He would receive training in the fighting skills necessary for a knight. But he would also learn the manners and accomplishments that were required of a gentleman. Part of the education of a page or squire was to wait at his master's table, learning how to carve meat and select wine. As in warrior days, a knight still had to keep himself and his followers at a standard of living that made their loyalty worthwhile and give them food THE DEVELOPMENT OF ARMOR and wine, but these were now being judged by 3I a higher standard of cuisine.

Improved military tactics were adding to the effectiveness of knights in battle. Knights developed the technique of charging with a couched lance. They held their lances near the blunt end, clamped tightly against their bodies with their right hands. Saddles had raised and reinforced backs that kept the knight from being thrown backwards off his horse after the impact of hitting his target. He could deliver a devastating blow to his enemy because his rigidly held lance had the momentum of both man and charging horse behind it.

Some places became known for producing superior armor, such as Germany, which had high-quality metal as a natural resource. And though the two-stage process of quenching and tempering was not regularly used in the Middle Ages, it was probably known in Innsbruck and Augsburg, the two armormaking centers of Germany that produced armor of exceptional strength and hardness. They may have also discovered how to use manganese to harden steel. precisely. THE ARMORER AND HIS CRAFT 38 city became a great armor-producing center befounded cause a master a school that taught superior methods.

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