Book II of the Celtic Crusades.
Deciphering an ancient manuscript, a 19th century Scottish lawyer reveals the incredible quest of an ancestor . . .
Duncan Murdosson knows little of the Great Crusade until his uncle, Torf-Einar, suddenly reappears with news that the holy cross of the crucifixion - the Black Rood - has been discovered, and is in the possession of the Knights Templar.
Accompanied by his trusted friend, the monk Padraig, Duncan sets off on a dangerous quest for the holy relic, determined to gain the Black Rood and return it to Scotland. The two soon become drawn into the dark intrigues of the Templars, leading them to volatile lands where a major clash of powers and religions will shape the world for centuries to come.
'The Black Rood' recounts the bloodiest of all times - the early years of the last millennium - when treachery and brutal battle were commonplace, and men often survived by faith alone.