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The Picture

Young J. Edgar Hoover was tapping his desk with the eraser end of a sharpened pencil; it was habitual when he was feeling agitated.  And J. Edgar was agitated. He kept staring at the picture in front of him and … Continue reading

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The Succession

It is the Spring of the year 1553 and Edward, the sixth of his name, King of England lay dying in his bed. He was but 15 years old. His father, Henry VIII, of blessed memory had desperately wanted a … Continue reading

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The Favorite

“Your Majesty!  Your Majesty!” Elizabeth awoke from her slumber to hear her Lady in Waiting knocking at the door to her bed chamber. “A messenger from Cumnor Place with urgent news” Elizabeth immediately knew  the subject of the news.  She knew … Continue reading

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Year of the Rat

Crawford’s business trip to Beijing was coming to an end. Tomorrow evening, after a grueling but successful negotiation involving a triangle of conflicting interests each armed with teams of lawyers, he would take the red-eye home to London. Crawford needed … Continue reading

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The Introduction

“Comrade Balabanoff! There is someone here I would like you to meet!” Angelica turned around to face the voice. It was Franco, one of her colleagues on the Central Committee of the Italian Socialist Party. “Good evening! How are you!” … Continue reading

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A Day at the Chariot Races

A re-post from last Spring – originally published at a curated site elsewhere The young Emperor of the East at Constantinople was preparing to flee the city, effectively abdicating his throne. The mobs had been outside the palace complex for … Continue reading

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Tales of a Polish Woman

Originally posted several years ago on a curated site elsewhere  Christine Granville, nee Krystyna Skarbek, O.B.E., GM, Croix de Guerre, died tragically on June 15, 1952. She was a Special Operations Executive Agent during the war, celebrated for her daring … Continue reading

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