" God demands, that we should show
mercy to others and pity for their afflictions! Where's
the great merit in undertaking this long penance when
one is in perfect health? It would be
better, sire, if you offered your arm instead of these
Catherine de Montsalvy to Gerbert Bohat Chapter
"So you have won in the end? It has been written
somewhere Catherine, that you should constantly
surprise me. What alchemy did you resort to, to tame the
intractable Messire Arnaud?
Comtesse Ermengarde de Châteauvillain to Catherine
...I have come to offer you my services by
way of reparation. If you will allow me to, I will serve
and defend you...I am a beggar, but I am strong and I
can wield a sword like a gentleman. On the roads
as these one can always do with a strong arm. Will you
then pardon me, and take on as your servitor?
I swear to to serve you faithfully, 'pon my eternal soul...
Josse Rallard to Catherine de Montsalvy Chapter Two
"Breathe then...but listen to me Catherine! I know
what you must be suffering now, but I forbid you
to say that you are dead and that your life is finished!
All men do not forget so easily. There are some
capable of a greater love than you could dream of!"
Jan Van Eyck to Catherine de Montsalvy Chapter Four
"The Gods of my people are witness that I have
never loved you as I do now! But it is by virtue of this love that I must now beg you to forget. If you don't
my life will be hell...and I would have to leave you..
Gauthier Stronghitarm (Malencontre) to Catherine Chapter
"O woman of a single love! Like a moth you prefer to die
in the flame to living
in the dark, am I not right? Half your heart is here.
Who can live with only half heart?
Abou-al-Khayr to Catherine de Montsalvy Chapter Nine
" I shall give the wind a blossom picked from your
own flowering face, and I shall breathe the scent of
the paths where you walk! You are the essence of all the
flowers in this garden, Light of Dawn, and your
eyes are as clear as lipid water. Who taught you love, O
most scented rose?"
Caliph Muhammad VIII to Light of Dawn (Catherine)
" You are too talkative and to inquisitive,
yellow-haired woman! And you are trying my patience.
Allah that I have no desire to distress my brother by
breaking a toy of his before he has had time to get
weary of it! But you had better hold your tonque and
keep your eyes veiled if you want to keep both
the one and the others! Blind and dumb, you would be fit
only for the stray dogs in the market-place.
Princess Zobeida to Light of Dawn Chapter Eleven
"Don't count your chickens too soon, Zobeida...I am
not dead yet. It is not the custom among us for
brothers to kill their sisters, or husbands their wives.!
Catherine de Montsalvy to Princess Zobeida Chapter
"Poor little one! You were so frightened...so
frightened! That evil woman! I knew she was capable of
anything...and that was why I stayed outside,
watching...but something as vile as that! Now calm
I am here...I will look after you...! We shall flee
together, and return home...I love you..."
Arnaud de Montsalvy to Catherine his wife Chapter
"If your husband had been held prisoner in the heart
of darkest Africa you would have found some way
of rescuing him. Though of course I should have had to
make a longer journey then...
Jacques Coeur to Catherine de Montsalvy Chapter
"The dark years, of which you have known too many,
are ended. You have a long life of love and happiness
before you...and the happy task of setting a whole new
generation of thoroughbred Montsalvy's on their
feet! Gentlemen and ladies, I ask you to rise now and
drink to the happiness of Catherine and Arnaud de
Montsalvy, a long life, and great times to the bravest
of Christians Knights and the
fairest lady of the West!"
Jean de Xaintrailles to Catherine & Arnaud and their
guests at Montsalvy Chapter Sixteen