chapter  15
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Malagan and the Lady of Rascas

At the time of the crusades and in the land of Provence there were many beautiful castles and one of the finest was the castle of Rascas. High on a mountain peak it stood, built of golden stone and set against a sky which was as blue as the heart of a sapphire. At the foot of the mountain lay a village, its roofs shaded by broad-leaved plane trees and its streets cooled by the waters of a spring that overflowed in the village square. All around stretched a fruitful valley and there the villagers raised sheep and laboured among the olive trees and vines for their sustenance and for the greater pleasure of their lord, the Baron Rascas.