The teeming world of the 13th century witnesses the bright
colors of banners fluttering against the sky above the tournament lists.
Fair damsels with their long hair wrapped in cunning nets of golden thread,
clad in silk and velvet wave at bejeweled noblemen flaunting the arrogant
insignias of their noble houses.
This is the world of crusader knights whose chain mail and
mighty swords proclaim that God wills it! Slaughtering Christians and heathen
alike. The Saracen Blade is a story war ___ the rich and powerful against the
poor and lowly. It is a story of how nobles ___ secure in their castles and
armor ____commit every barbarity imaginable upon the oppressed masses. But it
is also the story of how Pietro di Donati, the son of a murdered blacksmith
became a wealthy knight and marries into one of the powerful families of
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