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Deep Space Nine TM is forced to curtail entry to the wormhole due to increased graviton emissions, and an air of biting tension settles over the station.
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This anxiety leads to the murder of an Edeman religious leader, Commander Benjamin Sisko and Security Chief Odo realize they face a larger problem. Soon Sisko and Odo have more lifeless bodies on their hands and a killer who strikes without motive. Then, both the Edemans and Cardassians arrive threatening to destroy the station unless the murderer is given to them for retribution.
In order to save Deep Space Nine and stop the killing, Odo must try to destroy a powerful assassin who is the only link to his mysterious past. Peter David is a prolific writer whose career, and continued popularity, spans more than twenty-five years.
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When Andrei has to treat the seriously ill child of a senior secret police officer, Volkov, he finds himself and his family caught in an impossible game of life and death - for in a land ruled by whispers and watchfulness, betrayal can come from those closest to you. The knights and nobles and men-at-arms had turned aside from their holy war against the infidel.
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By now they should long ago have disembarked and been engaged on the hot sands, and or in the steamy delta-land of Egypt, against the enemies of the Faith. Like the famous First Crusade of , the Fourth was predominantly a French enterprise. Tibald, Count of Champagne, had been chosen as its leader, but when he had died in May , Boniface, Marquis of Montferrat, was elected his successor.
Hugo, Count of St. While the bulk of the lesser nobility and men-at-arms were French or French feudatories, the fleet that carried them and the galleys that escorted them were Venetian. Boniface might be the nominal head of the expedition, but to all intents and purposes the man whose galley led the fleet, and whose ability and intelligence controlled it, was Enrico Dandolo, Doge of Venice. Over eighty years old, almost totally blind, Enrico Dandolo had been elected Doge in He had already proved himself one of the most capable and energetic rulers that his city had known.
One of his greatest successes had been in restoring the Venetian authority over the Dalmatians who had rebelled against Venice under the protection of the King of Hungary. In this campaign he had failed to capture the important seaport of Zara—but this was an omission which he rectified only a few months before, when, in November , Zara had fallen to the combined forces of the Crusaders and the Venetians.
The city had been razed to the ground, and its walls, towers and palaces destroyed. With this ruthless achievement behind him, the Doge now viewed the prospect of a campaign which, if successful, would secure for his city the inheritance of an empire, and would render his name immortal in the annals of Venice. His aim was no less than to place upon the throne of the ancient Byzantine Empire a pretender who would be permanently in debt to his protectors, or and this the Doge may secretly have hoped if this proved impossible, to capture Constantinople itself and take for the Venetian Republic in his grandiloquent phrase "one half and one quarter of the Roman Empire".
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The hero of one country is almost inevitably the villain of another. If Enrico Dandolo has deserved well of Venice, the story of the Fourth Crusade may lead to the thought that he has deserved less well of Europe and the world. The pretext for the diversion of the crusaders from their legitimate destination was aboard the Doge's galley. As the ships fanned out into the Sea of Marmora, Alexius, the pretender to the throne of Byzantium, was nearing his goal.
He waited to be proclaimed Emperor in his capital, Constantinople, with the backing of the same Crusading swords that had given Zara to the Doge. Insignificant though he was as a human being, the ambitions of this young man were to lead to a tragedy beyond all measure. Alexius's claim to the throne was based on the fact that his father, Isaac II, had been the Emperor for ten years until deposed by his brother in Isaac, who has been described as "one of the weakest and most vicious princes that occupied the Byzantine throne", was imprisoned and blinded.
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Blinding was one of the penalties for failure in that world. Yet even so it was more merciful than the torture and death that were often the fate of deposed emperors. It could be maintained that it was by his reluctance to kill his brother that the new Emperor, Alexius III, had provided the Doge and his nephew with an excuse for the present expedition.
Isaac II, father of the Alexius who now accompanied Doge Dandolo towards Constantinople, had lain imprisoned in the imperial dungeons of Constantinople for eight years. The proclaimed object of the Doge was to restore his heir to the throne.
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It was natural enough that a son should wish to take vengeance upon the man who had maimed his father and usurped his throne. Nevertheless, the young Alexius had no rightful grounds for his claim to the imperial mantle and the scarlet buskins of the Byzantine Emperor.
Although in the later centuries of the Empire, and especially after the period of the powerful Macedonian dynasty, the children of the reigning sovereign had been regarded as more or less legitimate inheritors of the throne, the real tradition of Byzantium was inherited from ancient Rome. The Emperor was the heir of the Roman Caesars and, as such, he was in essence no more than princeps or first citizen.
It is true that there was no constitutional way of deposing an emperor once he was upon the throne, but recourse had always been had to the equally ancient Roman system of armed revolution, led by the subject most pleasing to the people. Not a few emperors were forced to abdicate, or met a violent death as the result of revolts in camp or in the palace.