Cassini Takes First

Cassini Takes First

"He speaks in your voice, American, and there's a shine in his eye that's halfway hopeful." --Don Delillo, Underworld   Grantville Mountaineers' Little League Tryouts July 7, 1636   An assistant coach for the Grantville Mountaineers sent a pop fly into the...
Contra Servitutem

Contra Servitutem

Douai, Flanders May 10, 1636   Diogo screamed in the darkness. The dream had come again. "Diogo, are you alright?" Flint scraped and a candle flared, casting light and shadow in the dormitory room. "I, I, I had the dream again, Symao!" Diogo shuddered, arms...
Letting Grace

Letting Grace

Dora slept lightly in spite of the long and tiring day. She stirred in bed. Her instincts were always attuned to her children and their sounds. As usual her husband, Danel, was deep in sleep. She listened over her husband's snoring and heard Deborah whispering, "I...
One To A Customer

One To A Customer

GrantvilleOctober, 1636 "That's the kind of mistake that tends to come one to a customer," Rob Clark commented. Tom Quiney's The Invisible Bishop, as performed by Massinger's men, had caused a considerable amount of controversy among the parishioners of St. Alfred's...
The First Step

The First Step

Texel Island August, 1633   "My ship. My first ship." Those words filled Michiel Adriaenszoon's thoughts as the crew heaved at their oars, and the boat bounced along on the slight waves. It had all happened so suddenly. Only a few days ago, he was a steersman,...
Faith, With Heretics

Faith, With Heretics

Heldrungen, Sommersburg County, SoTF Summer-Fall, 1636   The older boy sat quietly on the stone bench in the chapel vestibule at the Wasserburg, the moated castle, in Heldrungen. His brother, three or four years younger, newly breeched, wriggled, wiggled,...
The Kreutzer

The Kreutzer

Freeman Barnes finished splitting the firewood he had brought out of the woods. He switched off the log splitter, then stacked the split wood in the shelter. Freeman brushed the wood debris off his pants. He was very late finishing the coming winter's preparations,...
Lady Wroth and the Revolution

Lady Wroth and the Revolution

Loughton Hall, Kent April, 1634   Mary Sidney, Lady Wroth, crossed the wide, soft carpets of the library at Loughton Hall. She stood over the desk and brooded at her unfinished manuscript. Today it would not get the best of her. Today she would write. The light...