The Guardsman's Defence

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The Guardsman’s Defence is the fourteenth 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. Chronologically, The Guardsman’s Defence is set immediately before The Crown Princess of Gaaldine but as it contains spoilers for later events in the series so it is recommended that it should be read in publication order. You might like to refer to their suggested reading order, family trees & series information.

The inner core of the King’s Council of Gaaldine meet to discuss a secret treaty offered by the dying King of Gondal, their historic enemy. The proposed treaty touches Prince Sherlock in a uniquely personal way. Leaving the Council session in desperate need of oblivion, he finds Fate has thrown a newly appointed member of the Palace guard in his way, a boy with the face of a Raphael angel. But should he call it Fate, or are human hands pulling the strings?

For caulkhead, beta-reader and navigator, on her birthday

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.

Acknowledgements:
For obvious reasons, for once unbetaed.

The original central cover image is based upon a drawing by Rafael Sanzio de Urbino, probably a self portrait of this Italian painter and architect in his early teens. The original cover background is from a 16th-17th century calligrapic fragment of a lovers lament by an unknown calligrapher, the photograph is by DrFO.Jr.Tn. 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 short story is rated Teen (15). You might also like to consider other books set in the Sherlock fandom.

- First Edition: 13th May 2013

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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