Besançon, Burgundy
Thursday, May 8, 1636

A knock at the door of his suite broke into Patriarch Kyril Lukaris's thoughts. One of his assistants hurried to the door, and a guard matched the priest stride for stride. The guard already on duty at the door edged into a position from which he would have the advantage of any intruder.

The Ecumenical Patriarch of Constantinople sighed. Today had been another long day of discussions with . . .



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