Nairod
Script 50 pages by A. Vancy

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NAIROD is a Norman knight who lives a dissolute life in his castle until his king, son of William the Conqueror, orders him to join the first crusade launched by His Holiness Pope Urban II.

On November 3rd 1097, Nairod is captured by YAGHI-SIYAN, governor and emir of Antioch who sends him to a horrific jail. Despite the rough treatment, a mutual respect grows between Nairod and the emir. While many of the crusaders were dying from starvation and beginning to desert, the emir takes an interest in this barbaric yet courageous knight and introduces him to ancient philosophy, particularly Stoicism as well as Sufism and the Bhagavad Gita.

Finally, just before the Christians captured the citadel, the emir decides to set Nairod free and let him go on to his search for truth, following the Silk road to Persia, Samarkand and the Himalayas Mountains.

Meanwhile, in his castle, back in France, Nairod's portrait changes slightly, showing some sort of greatness behind the ugliness of the traits.

Ten years later, a poor and meager monk with his head covered by a hood, walks in the rainy night towards a castle in Normandy, asking for hospitality. Seeing this poor monk wearing a hood over his head, sitting at the kitchen table, drinking a bowl of soup, staring in front of him at the painting of her deceased husband, the lady of the manor stops in the middle of her sentence. Something about this monk puzzles her mind'


Comments from the author:

With NAIROD, I could reach three aims which I had been thinking about for a while:

1/ Create a character who is the opposite of "The portrait of Dorian Gray" (Oscar Wilde), i.e: whose face and life are rather ugly at first but who then goes through a deep inner transformation and grows noble and wise inside.

2/ Imagine a meeting between a barbarian Christian knight and a refined and educated Muslim emir who introduces the knight to ancient philosophy, particularly Stoicism as well as Sufism and the Bhagavad Gita.

3/ Place this story in the true historical context of the first crusade, particularly during the Antioch siege (1098).