By Henry Williamson
Quantity 13 of A Chronicle of historic Sunlight. In September 1939, conflict with Germany casts its lengthy shadow over the city and geographical region. Phillip Maddison, now farming in East Anglia, nonetheless stubbornly believes that Hitler's leader target is the defence of Europe opposed to Stalin; yet he's engaged in a private struggle at the 'bad lands' the place his farm is located, attempting to subdue mounting accounts and to create a fertile yeoman preserving for his kin. The portrayal of his struggles, either with himself and with the land, hold overall conviction, as does the image of his lifestyles in England until eventually the finishing of the conflict of Britain.
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As a careful reporter of this controversial event, Barbour notes that still ‘sum men sayis / At that debat [quarrel] fell otherwayis’ (Book 2, lines 39–40), acknowledging both the continuing life of the legend in oral tradition and his willingness as a truthful chronicler to include contrary opinions in his account. Moreover, his claim to truthfulness is further enhanced by the unflinching realism of his descriptions of brutality in warfare. Such is the case with the legend of ‘the Douglas lardner’ [larder], which Barbour describes as a country tale, in which King Robert’s lieutenant Douglas beheads his enemies and mixes their dismembered bodies with the wine and victuals of the larder of the castle he has captured to keep these provisions from being used by further enemies (Book 5, lines 395–410).
She was instantly transformed into a gray mare. He got on her back and rode her back with great speed, digging the spurs into her sides until they bled. When they returned to the stable, he removed the bridle and his mistress was returned to her own shape, her feet and hands now lacerated. 15 Cunningham relates this tale as a local legend, though stories of the magic bridle are fairly widespread and by no means specific to Nithsdale, or indeed Scotland. 17 However, although the sources attest that witches frequently rode on stalks, bundles of straw or on the backs of animals, they do not mention, so far as I am aware, broomsticks made from the bones of murder victims.
Kirk, the Episcopalian minister of Aberfoyle, composed his treatise, The Secret Common-Wealth, ‘to suppress the impudent and growing Atheisme of this age’ for, as his argument goes, if the existence of such phenomena as fairies is put into question then so too is the existence of angels and, ultimately, God. 9 folk belief and scottish traditio n a l li t er a t u r es 29 The dangers that fairies posed to humans was well understood in Kirk’s lifetime: ‘Women are yet alive who tell they were taken away when in Child-bed to nurse ffayrie Children,’ while others reported attacks upon their livestock, ‘usually said to be Elf-shot’.
A Solitary War (A Chronicle of Ancient Sunlight, Book 13) by Henry Williamson