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Wessex Tales: "The Infant and the Hare" (Story 1)
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Price: Free! Words: 5,150. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » Ancient
“The Infant and the Hare” is the first, earliest story in Fripp’s new collection, “Wessex Tales: eight thousand years in the life of an English village.” Stone Age hunters make camp on Okeford Hill. As dawn breaks the men go hunting while a woman gives birth. And the end? In an age when human beliefs were much different than ours, the end is mystical.
Wessex Tales: "The Face in the Floor" (Story 10)
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Price: Free! Words: 8,170. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » Ancient
The earliest known mosaic floor to depict Christ was laid in a remote Roman villa in Dorset around 325 CE. (Discovered under meadow grass in 1963 it was moved to the British Museum.) The larger end of this mosaic measures 17 feet by 15, the smaller end, 16½ feet by 8. Why lay this magnificent floor in rustic Dorset? “The Face in the Floor" gives the origins of this floor an imaginative history.
Wessex Tales: "For Viviana's Wedding" (Story 16)
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Price: Free! Words: 8,800. Language: English. Published: January 22, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » Medieval
Viviana de Eskelling was the last in the family line of the Norman Schelins. Her family had held Okeford for 200 years. A single woman (a woman sole) was disadvantaged in law. So around 1287 Viviana married Bartholomew Turberville, taking Okeford into the Turberville estates. (Thomas Hardy tweaked 'Turberville' into 'D'Urberville'.) In Okeford, villagers prepare for their lady’s wedding.
Wessex Tales: "Crossing" (Story 31)
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Price: Free! Words: 4,600. Language: English. Published: January 28, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » Victorian
Long ago, the ancient lady in the darkened bed had been the first white woman to climb Mount Kilimanjaro. Or had she been the first to walk around it? Whatever the truth, that legend from her lifetime would soon die with her. Unconscious on her deathbed, scenes from her life run through her head while caregivers chatter around her. [1976]
Wessex Tales: "A Short Walk in France" (Story 30)
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Price: Free! Words: 7,660. Language: English. Published: March 21, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » United Kingdom
Friday September 15th, 1916. Just before dawn a young soldier from Okeford goes over the top, advancing into enemy machine gun fire. It's the first day of the second battle of the Somme.