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Wessex Tales: "For Viviana's Wedding" (Story 16)
By Robert Fripp
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.
Our Sunset Wall of Remembrance
By Kelvin James Roper
Price: Free! Words: 9,040. Language: English. Published: January 21, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » Paranormal
A Grantaburgh Short ~ A Melancholy Tale. A duel bourn of class divide results in a man waking alone in The Wilderness. A bullet in his temple and prostrate atop the corpses of The Ferryman’s Pit, he recalls the fate that dragged him there.
Wessex Tales: "Schelin's Daughter" (Story 14)
By Robert Fripp
Price: Free! Words: 5,970. Language: English. Published: January 19, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » Medieval
The Norman knight Schelin (from whom the village of Shilling Okeford or Shillingstone takes its name) was awarded the manor of Okeford for his service to King William at the Battle of Hastings. Schelin holds the richest agricultural land in Dorset, but he still has a problem. His daughter would rather get herself to a nunnery than marry well. A Saxon wise woman’s potions are called for. (c.1085)
Wessex Tales: "Julia" (Story 11)
By Robert Fripp
Price: Free! Words: 8,960. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » Ancient
This story in the "Wessex Tales" collection—"Julia" (Story 11)—is sequel to "The Face in the Floor" (Story 10). It was Julia’s parents who commissioned their villa's magnificent mosaic floor in the previous tale; as a child, she watched the master-mosaicist lay it. As "Julia" begins, Julia is a young woman angry at life, angrier at expectations, and resisting marriage. (circa 335 CE)
Camelthorn Giants: Explore
By Jaco de Beer
Price: Free! Words: 4,240. Language: English. Published: January 18, 2013 by Kameeldoring Boeke. Category: Fiction » Historical » Ancient
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This is a historic novel about Coenraad de Buys and his quest to find the African cities of gold.
Wessex Tales: "The Face in the Floor" (Story 10)
By Robert Fripp
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: "In the land of the great stone rings" (Story 5)
By Robert Fripp
Price: Free! Words: 9,070. Language: English. Published: January 17, 2013. Category: Fiction » Historical » Ancient
Turig, a Bronze Age farmer, tells his grandson how he had been drafted for labor service decades before. The work was long and dangerous but his supervisor’s flirtatious daughter presented the larger threat. Two years later, Turig helped lift the last sarsen stone onto a structure we know as Stonehenge. [PS: New research revises this date by a full millennium, from 3,600 to 4,600 years ago.]
Wessex Tales: "The Infant and the Hare" (Story 1)
By Robert Fripp
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.
The Battle of Hastings
By David C. Lowe
Price: Free! Words: 2,210. Language: English. Published: January 12, 2013. Category: Fiction » Romance » Historical
A man who survives the Battle of Hastings travels home and on the way meets his future wife
The War Raged On: A Short Story
By Jennifer Adair
Price: Free! Words: 4,110. Language: English. Published: January 11, 2013. Category: Fiction » Adventure » War & military
"The War Raged On" is a short story depicting a Civil War battle told from the alternating view points of Union soldier Jeremiah and Confederate soldier Samuel as destiny leads them to the same place at the wrong time.
Skeletons in the Rum
By Cricket Nelson
Price: Free! Words: 4,760. Language: English. Published: January 10, 2013. Category: Fiction » Horror » Undead
Skeletons in the Rum - 4746 words - When alcoholic, Victor Birdsong's life falls apart and leaves him with nothing but his bottle of rum, he unknowingly finds himself in Pieter Bruegel's painting, Triumph of Death. This horrific tale takes you through the dark side of art, depression, alcoholism, and redemption.
Masquerade
By Susanne Alleyn
Price: Free! Words: 8,430. Language: English. Published: January 1, 2013 by Spyderwort Press. Category: Fiction » Historical » General
Orphaned Eleyna will let nothing prevent her from dancing with the duke at his costume ball. But her stepmother, mindful of her own daughter's chances, has other ideas.... Sound familiar? Attend the ball, wait for midnight to strike, and you may be surprised!
Maggie's Moon
By Andrew Hinkinson
Price: Free! Words: 4,560. Language: English. Published: December 29, 2012. Category: Fiction » Themes & motifs » Spiritual & metaphysical
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Maggie is an old woman who has spent her entire life working to heal others; now she finds herself on the run from an angry righteous mob...
Savitri's Garden
By Fyzal Ally
Price: Free! Words: 2,250. Language: English. Published: December 17, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » General
Book 1 - A journey from India to Guiana, 1838
Assassin in the Abbey - a short story
By EH Walter
Price: Free! Words: 2,300. Language: English. Published: December 16, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » Medieval
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My Christmas gift to you in 2012. An assasin and an assasin catcher play a game of cat and mouse at the coronation of William I on Christmas day 1066.
Stranger Stan
By Robert C. Waggoner
Price: Free! Words: 1,170. Language: English. Published: December 12, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » USA
Stranger Stan, in this short story, is about life during the Great Depression of the 1930's in America. A time of hunger, sorrow, depression and hope was a rare commodity. To maintain one's dignity, required metal and physical strength unequaled for the times. Stan was the 'stranger' of the times.
Mighty Fortress
By Kristen Stieffel
You set the price! Words: 4,940. Language: American English. Published: December 9, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » General
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An Austrian pastor helps a Jewish family escape the Nazis, but their elderly grandmother must stay behind. He hides her in the church, caring for her and learning from her, until one fateful Christmas Eve.
James Joyce has a Really Good Day
By Jennifer York
Price: Free! Words: 330. Language: English. Published: December 3, 2012. Category: Fiction » Historical » General
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Isn't the title self evident? A day in the life of James Joyce.
Story 22: The Boon Companion
By Pu Songling
Series: Sample Titles from Pu Songling, Book 17. Price: Free! Words: 1,230. Language: English. Published: November 29, 2012 by Broomhandle Books. Category: Fiction » Classics
This Smashwords edition of Strange Stories from a Chinese Studio was transcribed from the 1908 Second Edition of a translation by Herbert A. Giles. Broomhandle Books has edited the stories to provide modern punctuation and styling so as to make them more accessible to a reader in this e-book format. In addition, Chinese personal and place names have been rendered into modern pinyin.
The Princess Of Egypt Must Die
By Stephanie Dray
Price: Free! Words: 18,050. Language: English. Published: November 27, 2012. Category: Fiction » Young adult or teen » Historical
Princess Arsinoe came of age in the glittering court of Ptolemaic Egypt. Abused by her ruthless sister, a pawn in the dynastic ambitions of her father, and dismissed by the king who claimed her for a bride, young Arsinoe finds herself falling in love with a young man forbidden to her. (Novelette, 11k words.)