Post #8.6, Thursday, May 14, 2020

Historical setting: A dark age in Gaul With God thought to be on a distant shore we light the watch-fires on the fortress towers. Maybe any passing pirates will see our torches and fires and the moored dromon and know that this is a night for rest not war. There is a serene darkness overContinue reading “Post #8.6, Thursday, May 14, 2020”

Post #8.5, Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Historical setting: A dark age along the channel off Gaul          We’re landing at Aletum near a rumored haven for pirates. Two of us are assigned the night watch, I, in my hemp tunic, and he in his leather gambeson, tunic of chain mail, fine plumed helmet, scarlet cloak, shield and a clean, sharpened broadsword.Continue reading “Post #8.5, Wednesday, May 13, 2020”

Post #8.4, Tuesday, May 12, 2020

Historical setting: A dark age along the Channel off Gaul          Seated as I am, the last rower of this facing, my forward view is of the shoulders of thirty-one other men all moving evenly in the dance tempo of the row.  Each man has his shield facing the sea above his oarlock, and onContinue reading “Post #8.4, Tuesday, May 12, 2020”

Post #8.3, Thursday, May 7, 2020

Historical setting: A dark age along the Saxony Shore of Gaul          It is the dance. “II, I, Pull,” over and again in 3/8 time, the Hora, it is without the full circle of the wedding. We’re all aligned facing back. “II, I, Pull, II, I, Pull,” shoulder-to-shoulder together in the drumbeat of the dance.Continue reading “Post #8.3, Thursday, May 7, 2020”