By Jean D'Aillon
Rome 1202. Tandis que l'armateur marseillais Gregoire Ratoneau s'empare d'une galère sarrasine et de ses armes prodigieuses, Guilhem d'Ussel reçoit à Lamaguère l. a. visite d'un notaire du Saint-Siège. Celui-ci vient remettre à Bartolomeo Ubaldi, son ancien écuyer, et à sa sœur le testomony de leur père leur léguant los angeles ville de Ninfa, dans le Latium.
Mais, arrivés sur leur nouvelle propriété, les enfants Ubaldi découvrent qu'ils ne sont pas les bienvenus. Et, de son côté, Guilhem d'Ussel se retrouve mêlé à l. a. guerre opposant l. a. commune de Rome et le Saint-Siège.
Les barons romains, principalement le sénateur Giovanni Capocci, les frères Frangipani et l. a. famille Orsini, seront-ils des alliés ou d'implacables ennemis ? Dans quel camp les armes vendues par l'armateur et conçues par l'engineor sarrasin Baghisain de Djeziré feront-elles pencher los angeles victoire ? Quant à Constance Mont Laurier, ancienne maîtresse de Guilhem, sera-t-elle une amie ou une adversaire ?
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