Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. Pages: 55. Chapters: House of Haldane, List of minor characters in the Deryni series, Kelson Haldane, Camber MacRorie, House of Festil, Alaric Morgan, Joram MacRorie, Cinhil Haldane, Duncan McLain, Javan Haldane, Rhys Michael Haldane, Camberian Council, Dhugal MacArdry, Evaine MacRorie Thuryn, Rhys Thuryn. Excerpt: The House of Haldane is a fictional royal family in the Deryni series of historical fantasy novels by Katherine Kurtz. For most of the series, the Haldanes are the ruling family of the Kingdom of Gwynedd, and members of the family most often serve as primary or secondary protagonists in the plots of the novels. Although the Haldane line is predominantly human, various marriages throughout the series occasionally introduce varying amounts of Deryni heritage into the family. Nonetheless, the Haldane family itself carries the genetic ability to assume the full range of Deryni powers through participation in an arcane ritual. Known as the "Haldane potential", this hereditary trait first appears in the novel Deryni Rising, though its discovery two centuries earlier is detailed in a later novel, Camber of Culdi. The family is founded by Halbert the Dane in the early fifth century, almost five hundred years before the events of Camber of Culdi. Halbert conquers the area surrounding the city of Valoret and establishes himself as the first Count of Haldane in 411. Over the next two and a half centuries, Halbert's descendants expand the borders of their lands through constant warfare with the neighboring states. During this period, thirteen Counts of Haldane rule in unbroken succession, all descended from Halbert. Augarin Alexander Haldane becomes the fourteenth Count of Haldane upon the death of his older brother in 640. During the early years of his reign, Augarin is determined to free the Holy Church from the foreign control of the ...
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