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High Deryni

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I - Abroad the sword bereaveth, at home there is death. Lamentations 1:20
II - Thy princes are rebellious, and companions of thieves. Isaiah 1:23
III - He shall dwell on high: his place of defense shall be the munitions of rocks: bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure. Isaiah 33:16
IV - And I will give thee the treasure of darkness, and hidden riches of secret places. Isaiah 45:3
V - Behold the great priest, who in his days pleased God. Ecclesiasticus 44:16,20
VI - The words of the wise and their dark sayings.
VII - Many things beyond human understanding have been revealed to thee. Ecclesiastes 3:25
VIII - Make thy shadow as the night in the midst of the noonday. Isaiah 16:3
IX - Mine own conscience is more to me than what the world says. Cicero
X - I form the light, and create darkness. Psalms 45:7
XI - The tents of robbers prosper, and they that provoke God are secure. Job 12:6
XII - Be not far from me; for trouble is near; for there is none to help. Psalms 22:11
XIII - And I will camp against thee round about, and will lay siege against thee. Isaiah 29:3
XIV - Behold my servant, whom I uphold; my chosen, in whom my soul delighteth. Isaiah 42:1
XV - Curse not the king, no not even in thy thought. Ecclesiastes 10:20
XVI - You have probed me, and you know me. Psalms 139:1
XVII - And he will lift up an ensign to the nations from far. Isaiah 5:26
XVIII - Yea, mine own familiar friend in whom I trusted, who did eat of my bread, hath lifted up his heel against me. Psalms 41:9
XIX - They encourage themselves in an evil matter; they commune of laying snares privily; they say, Who shall see them? Psalms 64:5
XX - The Lord hath delivered me into their hands, against whom I am not able to stand. Lamentations 1:14
XXI - He hath called a solemn assembly against me to crush my young men. Lamentations 1:15
XXII - They shall hold the bow and the lance; they are cruel, and will not show mercy; their voice shall roar like the sea, and they shall ride upon horses, everyone put in array, like a man to the battle, against thee. Jeremiah 50:42
XXIII - And I will bind up that which was broken, and I will strengthen that which was weak. Ezekiel 34:16
XXIV - Thus saith the Lord, Behold, I will bring evil into this place, and upon the inhabitants thereof. II Kings 22:16
XXV - Thou art a priest forever. Psalms 110:4
XXVI - It is he that sitteth above the circle of the earth. Isaiah 40:22
XXVII - It is oftimes a bitter lesson, to be a man. Saint Camber of Culdi
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Copyright © 1973 by Katherine Kurtz
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with an offspring who writes
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The name they had given the boy was Royston - Royston Richardson, after his father - and the dagger he clutched to fearfully in the deepening twilight was not his own.
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But the crown lay heavily that day upon the Heir of Haldane.
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With young King Kelson on the hrone of Gwynedd, the priesthood of the Eleven Kingdoms feels its control deeply threatened, for Kelson is half-Deryni - part of the race of humans gifted with extrasensory powers, a race that ruled two centuries earlier, but was dethroned and driven underground.  So, the battle for final power is about to break into open conflict, led by the Church which equates the supernatural powers of the Deryni with witchcraft and heresy!
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Notes and Comments:
First Printing: September 1973
Second Printing: November 1974

Appendix I: Index of Characters
Appendix II: Index to Place Names
Appendix III: Time Line for History of the Eleven Kingdoms
Appendix IV: The Genetic Basis for Deryni Inheritance

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 Katherine Kurtz
Birth: 18 Oct 1944 Coral Gables, Florida, USA
From About the Author in Bishop's Heir:

Katherine Kurtz was awarded a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Miami and attended medical school for a year before deciding she would rather write about medicine than practice it.  She earned an M.A. in medieval English history from UCLA while writing her first two novels, and worked as an instructional designer for the Los Angeles Police Academy for the next ten years.  She is also a professionally trained hypnotist, an avid horsewoman, and an avowed cat person.  She has a husband who wears kilts, a ten-year-old son named Cameron, a vintage Bentley motorcar once owned by HRH the Duke of Kent, and hopes soon to live in a castle in Ireland.  Besides the Deryni Trilogy, the Camber Trilogy, and several short stories set in the Deryni universe, she has recently published a World War II thriller, Lammas Night, dealing with magic worked to keep Hitler from invading England in the summer of 1940.  She is currently at work on the second and third books of the Histories of King Kelson, with at least two more trilogies planned.


1974Mythopoeic SocietyMythopoeic Award Nominee
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