Monday, 21 March 2011

The chronicles of Tradgardland...


Here are some gleanings from my recent research into the Ducal archives:


"1720- and so on the Feast of st Wulfus duke Georg finally defeated and put to flight the men of the so called Duke of Smaaland and a Te Deum was offered for the restoration of peace to the duchy after five years of struggle................................... Erik (named by some Duke of Smaaland) made his peace with Duke Georg by coming out from the forest and his forest lair.The men were reconciled by the Bishop in the face of the Court.................................................................................................Bears were seen moving northwards though the snow and myriad lights filled the heavens,Otto forester to the duke was found dead in the woods after a week's search, a great leviathan was sighted off the island of..................................................................................... The foresters were summoned to a weaponsmeet in order to raise a company to serve in the forests in perpetuity,colours were presented to them by the Duchess and her sister.......................................................................................Sr Edward Blackadder's foote claimed to have not been paid for their esteemed services to the duchy in recent wars, windows were destroyed and stones thrown- Sir Edward insulted Duke Georg and was subsequently broken upon the wheel in the town square and before his regiment. Proprietorship was made,of the aforementioned regiment, was made to Sir Edward's son Toby known as ........

I am sorry for the fragmentary nature of the chronicle but pages are often either missing,burnt at the edges or filled with corrections and scouring-out in a vivid purple ink. A great find was the Colour book of Duke Georg which contains many regimental standards of the time. A careful transcription has been started

5 comments:

  1. The evidence from that period is so often infuriatingly fragmentary.

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  2. The evidence from that period is so often infuriatingly fragmentary.

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  3. The evidence from that period is so often infuriatingly fragmentary.

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  4. You can say that again Conrad... oh you did!
    and again!!
    I fear the rest of the documentation may have been less than complimentary, and the Ducal purges that followed may have obliterated certain parts. Perhaps these will turn up in some form elswehere.
    The Elector of Teutonburg Fredonia has an excellent library...

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  5. Once,twice ,three times a Conrad- seriously technology can be a pain at times I fear...
    Phil, I would be interested in learning a little more of contents of the Fredonian Library if you care to share with us...

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