The Monk Who Cast a Spell
In a richly woven tale from the Dark Ages a young Monk falls in love, contrary to the vows he made as a boy, but Ailan disappears after their sexual awakening at Beltane. Durstan is shocked and confused when he meets her again, several months later.
He is drawn then to Beth who believes that she can obtain the protection of the Christian Church by manipulating his emotions. When the Vikings attack the Iona Monastery in 794AD, Durstan is injured in the raid.
Fear of violence, being outcast, or enslaved is prevalent in the real Middle-Earth. The early Christian Church continues to be challenged by the Old Gods, and Druids.