A Narrow Escape

In which Robert Bruce, King of Scotland, risks his life for a glimpse of his lover who is imprisoned in a cage high on the walls of Berwick Castle.     “It is of no use, James,” sighed Bruce. “I must have some sign from her that she holds me in her heart. We must go back!”…

The Fugitive

In which the future conqueror of England is hunted like an animal! Caudebec-en-Caux, Normandy, 1040.      “Where is William the Bastard?” roared the man-at-arms, seizing the miller by the throat.      “My Lord,” croaked the unfortunate fellow, “I cannot breathe!”      The soldier eased his grip ever so slightly.      “Where are you hiding the…

Off to War

Frank and Willie Neat enjoy a music-hall performance, and enlist in the Seaforth Highlanders London, January, 1915.      “Isn’t it exciting, Willie? Aren’t you glad you came along?” declared Frank Neat, rubbing his hands together with glee.      William nodded as he watched the Highland band march down Croydon High Street, bagpipes wailing and kilts…

Memories of the Old Man

In which an old Native American describes to his grandson his feelings on encountering European explorers for the first time     The boy saw it before the others. Bearing down upon their canoe was a large vessel with white sails spread like the wings of a giant bird. He cried out with fear, but…