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Wessex Tales: "Schelin's Daughter" (Story 14)

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Wessex Tales: "Schelin's Daughter" (Story 14)

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21 minuti
Jan 19, 2013


The Norman knight Schelin (from whom the village of Shilling Okeford or Shillingstone takes its name) was awarded the manor of Okeford for his service to King William at the Battle of Hastings. Schelin holds the richest agricultural land in Dorset, but he still has a problem. His daughter would rather get herself to a nunnery than marry well. A Saxon wise woman’s potions are called for. (c.1085)

Jan 19, 2013

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Nature, wildlife and public affairs television, earth sciences, gothic vaults and liturgy: Robert Fripp’s fiction and non-fiction share many slices of life. § Here, Fripp introduces his 38 “Wessex Tales” stories. Thomas Hardy used that title over a century ago. Fripp moves it forward with a new collection of “Wessex Tales” covering “Eight thousand years in the life of an English village.” § First come Stone Age hunters. Then villagers discover a new “stone,” bronze. Locals build Stonehenge. A Roman mosaic depicts Jesus. We advance: from Viking raiders to potions for maidens, a medieval wedding, civil war, smugglers, and the second battle of the Somme. § Smashwords releases several stories, here. Read them—free, for a time—choosing a format for your Kindle, Nook, iPad, Mac, PC, iPhone (via Stanza), Sony, Kobo and Androids. All 38 “Wessex Tales” stories will come alive in paperback within two years.

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Eight thousand years in the life of an English village

‘ Schelin’s Daughter ’

Robert Fripp

Copyright Robert Fripp 2013

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Wessex Tales stories: ‘Schelin’s Daughter’

ISBN 978-0-9918575-3-1

Table of Contents

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

The Author’s Note

Books by Robert Fripp

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A List of my Stories

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Schelin’s Daughter ’

Chapter 1

The year is 1086. William the Conqueror finally paid off his army at Salisbury (Old Sarum) that year. Meanwhile the ink was drying on his survey of all England, the Domesday Book.

At some point in the twenty years between the Battle of Hastings and that survey of all England known as the Domesday Book, a hamlet at Okeford, in Dorset, hard by the River Stour, was given in perpetuity to a Norman knight whose name appears variously in charter rolls as Azelin, Aschelin, Schelin, Eschelinus,

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