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

Grantville October, 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....
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...
I Have a Proposal For You!

I Have a Proposal For You!

Palazzo Contarini dal Zaffo, Venice  Late Summer, 1634    Alvise Contarini stood at the open window as the welcome breeze stirred his sweat-damp hair, releasing some of the long day's tension and driving the heat away. Lost in his thoughts, he let a few moments...
Giants in the Earth

Giants in the Earth

Sömmerda, SoTF Spring, 1636   "Hans, can you come over here?" Hans Bechstein frowned. Slowing down production in the travertine quarries was not smiled upon by the foremen. They were taking stone out of the Steinrinne here at Bilzingsleben much faster than they...