The Bishop of the Northern Marches

The Bishop of the Northern Marches cover

The Bishop of the Northern Marches is the third in a series of Queen of Gondal books and is a quasi-historical AU of the BBC Sherlock series set (more or less) in three fantasy kingdoms devised by the Bronte children. It is also a cross-over with the BBC Life on Mars series. You might like to refer to their suggested reading order, family trees & series information.

While John and Sherlock have been spying and building alliances up on the Northern border of Gaaldine, various tensions are coming to a head in Brendelhame, the provincial capital. The last day of the Crown Princess Charis’s solo visit to the city coincides with a local festival to celebrate the defeat of a Gondalian force there two centuries earlier. At which point a rigidly moralistic Bishop, who sees all tactics as legitimate in the war against Sin, decides to preach a sermon on the evils of the sexes straying from their God-appointed spheres. With a drink-fuelled mob on the rampage and numerous competing factions ready to take advantage of any opening all hell is about to break loose.

Warnings: The author chooses not to warn.

Advisory: The time period is the late seventeenth century and readers should bear in mind that this saga contains the doings of a set of supremely dysfunctional more-or-less European Royal families steeped in the “divine right of kings” ideology of monarchy, filtered through an early nineteenth century Romantic/Gothick sensibility and then depicted using the freedom of expression afforded by the early twenty-first century internet.

Furthermore, if the Greek myths contemplated it, some member of the Royal houses of Gondal, Angria or Gaaldine has probably put it into practice somewhere.

Gentle reader, consider yourself advised accordingly.

As ever, thanks to caulkhead for betaing.

The original central cover image is actually created using two photographs, the first being of a ‘Blick in einen “slave dungeon” im Fort Groß Friedrichsburg’  by Obruni. And the second photpgraph is of a dungeon at Warwick Castle (UK) by Martin Addison. The fonts used in this book are from the Source Serif Pro font family by Frank Grießhammer.

The images and fonts were used under license detailed on their respective website pages at the date of this book publication.

As usual, Russ from shoes for industry designed the book cover, produced the books and compiled the on-line work.

The opinions, prejudices, faults and spelling herein are all my own work, and I apologise in advance for them.

This novella is rated Teen (15). You might also like to consider other books set in the Sherlock or Life on Mars fandoms or read more books in the Queen of Gondal series.

- First Edition: 4th Jan 2012
- 2nd Edition: 17th Apr 2012
- 3rd Edition: 9th Apr 2021

This work is created as a transformative work on a not-for-profit basis. All rights in the underlying properties are those of their respective holders.

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