A collection of five short stories about the siege of Gloucester, initially as an ebook, from Holland House Books.
In the Year of Our Lord Sixteen Hundred and Forty Three, bloody civil war rages through England. After victory in the battles of Adwalton Moor and Roundway Down, and the capture of Bristol, King Charles I looks certain to defeat his rebellious Parliament. The King and his advisors have a simple choice: to march on London, or to seize Gloucester - the last Roundhead stronghold in the west.
Five tales by the hand of Sir Blandford Candy - an eyewitness.
The Mercenary Creed: A mercenary is placed in an impossible command.
Davenant’s Egg: A poet seeks redemption for his past crimes.
The Gravediggers: Digging is hard work in a town besieged.
A Dowry Cow: A cheesy love story.
The Red Regiment: Two boys follow their hero in search of glory.
For followers of the Blandford Candy Histories, this little collection bridges the gap between the two novels, and is written by Blandford although he is only a bit part player in one of the tales. The idea of him recording little interlinked vignettes is a very Seventeenth Century way of producing things ( think Aubrey's Brief Lives) and I really thought it would compliment the main series, as it allows me to follow characters and personal histories that might not fit with the books.