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The Orchard of Eden

Seigneur de Montgomery didn’t leave the next day, though his baggage did. Talvas wasn’t asked to leave, either. Instead, Sieur Roger was, in all ways, the best of hosts, who treated her father and her half-brother like invited guests, even taking them hunting on the third day. Still, he retained […]

Faith

Photo by Jeswin Thomas on Unsplash May, 1048 After nearly two years of wandering, they were almost home. At least, in a sense of distance. Only half a day’s ride north from Sées, where her uncle Ivo was bishop. Only half a day from the rugged, forested hills of Bellême. […]

The Hunted

A familiar shape was outlined in the underbrush to Mabel’s left. A small bump, like a loaf of bread, with long ears laid back and head down. Caught in a bad place, waiting for the danger to pass. Mabel knew the feeling well. The single, dark eye stared at her, […]

Ragnor’s Tale

Mabel began to feel very uneasy in Lower Normandy during the summer months. There was a great deal of activity and passion, but no central leadership. Increasingly there were minor feuds between rebel lords, and a palpable sense of distrust between neighbors. Mabel’s instincts urged her to back away and […]

Chaos of 1047

The early months of the following year were filled with rapid and exciting changes. News of the marriage of the Count of Maine to the widow of the Duke of Brittany reached them. It was arranged by the Bishop of Le Mans—who was Gervais de Bellême, Talvas’ cousin—while the Count […]