Tuesday, June 15, 2010

The Burning of Messina

"We're doing what?" The corporal is incredulous. Surely King Richard - he'd been king for barely a year - wouldn't risk an army of crusaders to free his sister.

The Man-at-Arms leading the flank turns to the corporal, grim-faced, though with a glint of humor. "What do you expect? Him to leave Joan in the hands of that bastard, Tancred? Don't be stupid."

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*Continued in From Acre to Rabat

5 comments:

  1. nice. the robin hood story is one of my favs...nicely done playing off of it...

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  2. I loves me a man in tights and a damsel in distress! Nice twist with John Bower too a bit different to the 'Little John' we've come to know through popular fiction.

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  3. I liked this line:
    His men love it when he smiles.

    Oh the places your mind can go, Jeff. Perhaps there is high fiction after all ;).

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  4. really good writing, this is a drastic retelling of the old tale...no saying where you'll take it.

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  5. I thought the characterization was on the heavy-handed side. Everyone in awe of everyone else and "the best". I suppose the female heroines are the medieval equivalent of cover models too. ;)

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