Many, many years ago, in those "good old times" so much bepraised by antiquaries and the laudatores temporis acti,-the good old times, that is to say, of the holy office, of those magnificent autos when the smell of roasted heretics was as sweet a savor in the nostrils of the faithful, as that of Quakers done remarkably brown was to our godly Puritan ancestors,-there dwelt in the royal city of Madrid a wealthy goldsmith by the name of Antonio Perez, whose family-having lost his wife-consisted of a lovely daughter, named Magdalena, and a less beautiful but still charming niece, Juanita.
Jeremy's Cottage is a collection of short stories, all fictional, in which ordinary people become ensnared in dilemmas, sometimes not of their own making. Each person asks for help and receives a message through a chance meeting, a dream, a fleeting thought, or even what at first appears to be a tragedy. A beloved pet might hold the solution at times. Each answer sets that person on a path out of the dilemma.
'A Cottage in Shottery' is historical fiction based on fact. Most of the characters, (but not all) are real people and the events described actually happened, although what led up to them, and the eventual outcome, is imaginary. The story is woven around two women in the life of William Shakespeare, his wife and one of his daughters. There are many myths and legend about the Bard and I have chosen just a few, so the story is sometimes controversial'. The novella is divided in two parts with Anne and Judith telling their own stories.
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