Finally some R.E.H. Probably my favorite author overall. I've only read the first 4 stories thus far. I don't know anyone else that can write action scenes like Howard could.
So far "Hawks over Egypt" has been the best one. A Spaniard is incognito as a Moor in Egypt seeking revenge against a Moslum that killed a loved one. He befriends a Turk who wants to go in leader ship rank in that region. The Spaniard talks the Turk into helping him kill this guy Al Hakim. But in the end Al Hakim gets killed by a woman he spited. A woman he forcibly made a part of his harem. There is so much going on..action, adventure, blood, etc. Awesome stuff.
Excerpt from the story "The Lion of Tiberias"
"His was a large figure alien and incongruous, his red mane contrasting with the black locks about him no less than his dusty gray mail contrasted with the plumed burnished headpieces and silvered hauberks of the slayers. He was tall and powerful,with a wolfish hardness of limbs and frame that his mail could not conceal. His dark, scarred face was moody, his blue eyes cold and hard as the blue steel whereof Rhineland gnomes forge swords for heroes in northern forests." R.E.H.