By Lois McMaster Bujold
One crafty plan too many? It's spring in Vorbarr Sultana, and a tender person's fancy frivolously turns to concepts of affection ...money ...bio-genetics ...love ...lack of cash ...incompatible planetary sexual mores ...love ...District succession scandals ...the Emperor's marriage ceremony ...and, in fact, love ...Lord Miles Vorkosigan, youngest Imperial Auditor to be appointed by way of the Emperor because the Time of Isolation, has an issue all his new energy can't clear up: unrequited love for the gorgeous Vor widow Ekaterin Vorsoisson. Ekaterin is violently allergic to marriage because of her first publicity. yet as Miles realized from his past due occupation in galactic covert ops, if a frontal attack won't do, visit subterfuge. He has a crafty plan ...Lord Mark Vorkosigan has an issue: his love for the sunny Kareen, daughter of Commodore Koudelka, has simply develop into unrequited back. but when all his new cash can't resolve their problem, maybe a really appropriate mixing of technology and entrepreneurial scheming may perhaps. He has a crafty plan ...'It's one other winner with all types of unforeseen adventures ...Georgette Heyer has met her fit for intrigue and magnificence! A sprightly carried out romance with twists and turns which can basically ensue in a Vorkosigan-inspired novel...Boy, can she write!' -Anne McCaffrey.
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Solomon’s temple was destroyed and every ounce of gold was stripped away, and carried back to Babylon. In the Church of the Holy Sepulcher, in the Christian quarter of Jerusalem, a gaggle of nervous Russian tourists were taking in the sights and trying to remain calm. Gunfire was ricocheting off the walls outside, but the priests said there was nothing to worry about. They’d seen much worse. One at a time the Russians stooped to kiss the Stone of Unction, where Christ’s body is said to have been anointed after his death.
The Queen, who is known as Makeda in the Ethiopian texts, brought up Menelik on her own. When the boy reached adulthood, he journeyed north to Jerusalem to meet his father. The Kebra Negast says that as they left Jerusalem, Menelik’s companions stole the hallowed Ark of the Covenant and took it back to Ethiopia. The Ark is supposedly still kept in the northern city of Axum. I could see from the map that Ethiopia would have been easily reached from Solomon’s kingdom — it was no more than a short boat trip down the Red Sea.
The walls were decorated with murals and hung with bright paintings of biblical scenes, and in the middle of the chamber there stood a grand cube-shaped structure, shrouded by curtains. Here, hidden from the eyes of common men, was the “Holy of Holies” in which lay the tabot, a replica of the Ark of the Covenant. Hearing our voices, a deacon appeared. He was muffled in a blue shawl, and in one hand he carried a collection tin. Voices hinted at visitors, and visitors suggested donations. I asked politely if I could look inside the Holy of Holies, as I was eager to see the Ark.
A Civil Campaign (Vorkosigan Saga, Book 12) by Lois McMaster Bujold