And speaking of Hapless...."A Cloak of Zeal" free to read until 2nd March (with a link that works....)
A Cloak of Zealby M. J. Logue
A Cloak of Zeal - free until the 2nd March
The first blood to be drawn in the English Civil Wars, at the Battle of
Edgehill in autumn 1642. The King raises his standard against
Parliament, and for bright, handsome young Puritan Thankful Russell, his
new officer's commission in the Army of Parliament is the gateway to a
freedom and a happiness he has never known before. Freedom, and
friendship, and an escape from his zealot sister, and a new purpose in
life. (And girls, and laughter, and music, and the other things that any
ordinary good-looking young man at nineteen takes for granted.)
But Thankful is no ordinary young man, and these are not ordinary
times, and before the day has ended his life will take a turn that he
never, in his wildest dreams, imagined.
Or his worst nightmares.
It's a brief novella dedicated to my late friend Sjt Tiny Castle of the 32nd Cornwall Regiment of Foot Napoleonic re-enactment group - what? the model for France Hale? Surely not! ;-)
And in this current climate of Ross flippin' Poldark and his scar that really, isn't a patch on Thankful Russell's, I think we need Russell the tragic, scarred hero with a social conscience to get... early modern.