By John M. Reilly

Well known medieval historian Bernard Reilly turns once more to the unconventional structure to fill within the gaps in our wisdom of Spain at the hours of darkness a long time, in a really visionary account of 1 man's religion on the time of the founding of the Shrine of Compostela.

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They had a great garrison and a governor at Gijón. When Pelayo or his band ventured out of the valley of Cangis de Onis they were always scouted. Small groups were cut off and down. Prisoners were sold into Page 23 slavery. Some were crucified. " This was what the audience expected. They knew the tale as well as the bard himself but he chanted it. He could bring it alive. He could warm their dreams. "Now the great African emir, their chief in Córdoba, had sent reinforcements to Gijón. Young warriors for a spring campaign if the need be.

I can't fight you. And you can't fight me. You know that. You know what our uncle would say. You know that he has forbidden anyone to fight us, or to harm us in any way. He won't let us fight one anotherat least to the point of drawing blood. What do you think he'll do to us if you stab me? Do you think that he's going to forgive either one of us? Do you think that he'll take you for any less crazy than me? " The knifepoint was at his belly. Nepotian was sweating in great rivulets. But he held his eyes steady on those of his cousin.

Young and anxious to make a great name, he called himself after the original conqueror of this land. He had the warriors needed to sweep the valleys with fire and sword as the spring opened them upto kill the oxen, goats and sheepto burn the huts -to murder the old and brain the newbornto drive the men south in long queues to the slavemarkets of Córdoba and eventually perhaps the women after them. But first he had to talk. First he had to try to persuade the famous bandit, Pelayo, to surrender himself.

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