Sword Against the Robe

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Historical Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic

On the first Monday of April 1625, in Paris, Monsieur Charles d'Avaloy, a lieutenant in Louis XIII's Guard, suddenly finds himself mixed up in some high intrigue. Other than duels (which,
admittedly, he has done quite often, and for a long time), the soldier normally keeps away from public life as much as possible. So, why, all of a sudden, does somebody want him dead? And, whoever
it is, is willing to set assassins at his heels to make sure that the job gets done right ... Again, dueling other soldiers for honor is one thing, but assassination attempts are quite another!
Within a single evening, not only is this man's life turned completely upside-down, but in order to keep this matter as hushed as possible, several other men have already been murdered – one of
them just for attempting to warn him!

To top things off, and on this same eerie evening, Monsieur d'Avaloy's brother, who's a priest, happens to also visit – mysteriously, after nine years of them being separated – to warn him to turn
away from a life of the sword, else it will be his undoing! Even though the priest admits that he knows nothing of these sudden attempts upon his brother's life, the soldier does begin to wonder if
the man's presence and words are a prophesy, or just a weird coincidence. Is God truly, and through these strange occurrences, trying to sway the solider away from his violent lifestyle? That is,
since he has killed every single man with whom he has dueled? Or – and, as the soldier also begins to think – is God only besetting him with these current, horrible things to finally destroy him in
the name of justice? Whatever's happening, will Monsieur d'Avaloy turn away from his life of violence and accept a life of priestly robes – since he feels that this is the real reason for his
brother's visit? Or, will he end up dying by the sword, since he has been living by the Sword? ... Even though the priest assures him that his visit is only to give him peace within his heart
(because, since his youth, the soldier has suffered horribly from deep depression – a result of the daily thrashings from his supposed Christian father), and to tell him that by accepting faith in
God, and of stopping all the violence, that it will finally set him at liberty ... But, after everything is said and done, what will the end results be? Will the swordsman, through all of these
events, find out that these circumstances, which have finally caught up with him, truly are the results of his life of the sword as opposed to a life of faith? Or, rather, the difference of having
peace in one's heart who wears the priestly robes, as opposed to the violent, disturbing lifestyle of those who fiercely wield a blade? In other words, perhaps his has been a life of a sword
against the robe!

Table of Contents

A Dark Figure From the Past

Submitted: March 15, 2018

On the first Monday of April, 1625, in Paris, France, Monsieur d'Avaloy strolls into the antechamber of his apartment – it being well i... Read Chapter

At the Guard's Headquarters

Submitted: March 15, 2018

In the morning, Charles d'Avaloy heads straight to the gates of the Guard's Headquarters, where he holds a position therein as lieutena... Read Chapter

A Confrontation That Leads to More Mystery

Submitted: March 15, 2018

Directly at noon, Charles d'Avaloy, along with a small company of Guards, show up at the back of the Louvre, much to the astonishment of ... Read Chapter