Dacre’s War by Rosemary Goring

By Rosemary Goring

Dacre’s battle is a narrative of private and political vengeance. Ten years after the conflict of Flodden, Adam Crozier, head of his extended family and of an more and more robust alliance of Borderers, learns needless to say that it used to be Lord Thomas Dacre – now the main strong guy within the north of britain – who ordered his father’s homicide. He determines to take his revenge.

As a battling guy, Crozier would prefer not anything higher than to carry Dacre down nose to nose yet his spouse Louise advises him that he needs to use extra sophisticated equipment. So he units out to engineer Dacre’s downfall via turning the equipment of the English courtroom opposed to him. A vibrant and fast-moving story of political intrigue and heartache, Dacre’s battle is determined opposed to the backdrop of the Scottish and English borders, a land the place there's by no means any likelihood of peace.

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T H E S I N G E R: A very old one. It's called The Chalk Circle and comes from the Chinese. But we'll do it, of course, in a changed version. Comrades, we hope you'll find that old po­ etry can sound well in the shadow of new tractors. It may be a mistake to mix different wines but old and new wisdom mix admirably. Do we get something to eat before the per­ formance? V O I C E S : Of course. Everyone into the Club House! D E L E G AT E : While everyone begins to move, D E L E G AT E turns to G I RL T RA C T O R I S T .

All one hears is: "You neglect yo ur duty! } Go to hell! } S E C O ND D O C T O R : Enter the soldier, for G R U S H A . SIM ON S H A S H AVA . He searches in the crowd Grusha! There you are at last! What are you going to do? Nothing. If worst comes to worst, I 've a brother in the mountains. How about you? s 1 M oN: Forget about me. (Formally again:) Grusha Vashnadze, your wish to know my plans fills me with satisfaction. I 've been ordered to accompany Madam Abashwili as her guard. G R U S H A : But hasn't the Palace Guard mutinied?

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