The army arrives in York three days before the end of May. This is where
they find Octa and Eosa. The Saxons decide to beg for mercy. Ambrosius
demands that the Saxon army withdraw to the north behind the Wall of Hadrian
which he would count as the border of his kingdom. Then, he begins his
occupation of York. He sends in his own troops to create order, clean...........
Ambrosius' great compassion is once again evident as he shows mercy
to the remaining Saxons and sends them north beyond the border of Britain.
Then, he begins the burden of ruling the people and bringing them stability,
a compassionate decision that ironically will make him begin to grow old
and lose the spark that had once moved a.......... .
On the journey to Caerleon, Merlin stops in Amesbury, the birthplace
of his father. Nearby are the stones known as the Giant's Dance or The
Dance of the Hanging Stones. When he visits them, Merlin is awed by their
size and still has no idea why he has been brought her, but he knows that
he has. He walks among them, noting that some have fallen and others are
tilted over. He hears starlings nesting overhead and is reminded that
this bird was sacred to the druids. He knows the stories about the druid
The Giant's Dance is definitely a reference to Stonehenge and it is
here where Merlin once again knows his .........
New names in this chapter: the Giant's Dance, another name for
As April lengthens into May, Merlin stays in his cave sanctuary and only hears news when Cadal brings it back or some messenger arrives there. He learns that Pascentius is indeed massing troops in Germany and war will surely come by the end of the summer.
One day as he is gathering herbs, he sees Keri coming up the path. She
tells him she left her vocation, because..........
The irony presented in this chapter concerns the metaphor of chains
that Keri mentions she wanted to escape. Merlin says his ..........
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