By Robert E. Howard
For 5 centuries of Crusades, ecu armies of believers, enthusiasts, and mercenaries warred with the fans of the Prophet for keep watch over of Asia Minor and Palestine. From Jerusalem to Vienna, the frontier among West and East observed conflict and bloodshed, treachery and butchery on a scale hitherto unknown and unimagined. The pageantry of medieval knighthood, the exoticism of the Orient, the ferocity of the invaders from the steppes, the mysteries of the seraglio, the increase and fall of serious dynasties—these supplied a true historic backdrop for a few of Robert E. Howard’s maximum fiction. This quantity comprises the whole Oriental tales through the writer of Conan the Barbarian and Solomon Kane. a few have been released in Farnsworth Wright’s Oriental tales among 1930 and 1934; others have been left unpublished and are published the following in authoritative texts according to the author’s surviving typescripts; and nonetheless others, left unfinished at his dying, are awarded as suggestive proof of the paintings he had but to do. As this assortment attests, nobody else writes motion tales with Howard’s fast moving depth or brooding ethical outlook. the following, the fates of empires relaxation at the swords of exiles, vagabonds, and renegades; no matter if civilization might be annihilated via spiritual zealots or by way of bloodthirsty barbarians, who's to assert?
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Doubtless they had expected to sacriﬁce the ﬁrst line, but the slaughter was greater than they could have reckoned. The second line, hot on the heels of the ﬁrst, plunged against the wall over its writhing remnants, and the third line piled up on both. The whole line of the barricade was a red welter of dying, screaming horses, lashing hoofs and writhing men, while the blood-maddened Jahadurans yelled like wolves, hacking and stabbing down at the crimson shambles. The rear lines ruthlessly trampled down their dying comrades to strike at the defenders, but the ground was thick with dead and wounded and the plunging, writhing horses fouled the hoofs that swept over them.
They were barely within arrow ﬂight, yet men were falling along the lines of stone. He felt the Jahadurans wavering – realized with a ﬂood of blind rage that they would break before the Mongol heavy cavalry reached the barricade. 0pt ——— Normal PgEnds: , (17 Red Blades of Black Cathay 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32 33 34 35 36 A bowman near him roared and fell backward with an arrow through his throat and a shout went up from the faltering Black Cathayans.
How could they be defeated when such a man led them? The quick ﬁre of Oriental battle-lust blazed up and sudden courage surged through the veins of the wavering warriors. With a shout they pulled shaft to ear and loosed, and a sudden hail of death smote the charging Mongols. At that range there was no missing. Those long shafts tore through buckler and hauberk, transﬁxing the wearers. Flesh and blood could not stand it. The charge did not exactly break, but in the teeth of that iron gale the squadrons wheeled and circled away out of range.