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A Taint in the Blood (Shadowspawn, Book 1) by S. M. Stirling

By S. M. Stirling

Eons in the past, the strong Homo Nocturnis governed the earth. whereas their numbers were significantly lowered, they nonetheless exist-though no longer as purebreds. Adrian Breze is one such being. filthy rich and reclusive, he's extra Shadowspawn than human. yet he rebelled opposed to his sort, identifying to reside as a normal guy. Now, to save lots of humanity, he needs to conflict the darkish forces of the world-including these in his personal blood...

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Vsevolod, however, did no better than Ryurik, and when the Rostislavichi princes made a major effort in 1212, both in Novgorod which they now held and in the south, he was defeated, and died soon afterwards. ” His rule in the city lasted over ten years, and was generally very successful. Vsevolod III could not dislodge Mstislav, and eventually acknowl- edged that Novgorod had temporarily been lost to his family. In Kiev the Rostislavichi were thorough, and this time genuinely successful in their campaign.

Aside from money, nobles also gave land. By 1220 the Teutonic Order had estates in Palestine, Armenia, Greece, Spain, France, and Germany. Though individual brothers were sworn to poverty (a member could not own the sword he swung nor the horse he rode) the Masters of the order lived lives rich in pageantry, and the order commanded great resources. How did the militant orders achieve their successes (which were notable), with such relatively small numbers of soldiers? Permanence Normal crusaders were accustomed to taking the cross for a limited period of time.

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