Adamson, England, 1643-

September 1644 My head was down as I rode into the teeth of a gale beside Edward and struggled to understand meaning sudden shouts anxiety from in front us. looked up saw horses rearing turning. Then heard volley shots ring out, though could not see who fired them for smoke that suddenly hung over road. At last, nearly too late, obeyed harshly issued instruction dismount take shelter behind wagons if valued my life. felt rather than musket fire might have been end me, it ripped air apart shredded canvas head…

The historical diaries in this series are written by fictional characters set real periods of history. This is the diary Tilly Middleton, London, 1553-1559. She describes watching an execution at bloody Tower London.

April 1587 Now I saw the Spanish ships clearly. Even from this distance could see men on board scurrying around upper deck’s, and knew they were hurrying to their stations, ready for battle. But we had been too quick them. FIRE roared Mr Belson centre of gundeck. Jones thrust his smoking taper into back cannon sparks flared out hole. Back shouted, all leapt away-just in time because a loud explosion filled area us with smoke, bright flames…

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