Don Rodriguez: Chronicles of Shadow Valley

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DON RODRIGUEZ

CHRONICLES OF SHADOW VALLEY

 

By
LORD DUNSANY

 

To

WILLIAM BEEBE

 

PREFACE

After long and patient research I am still unable to give to the reader of these Chronicles the exact date of the times that they tell of. Were it merely a matter of history there could be no doubts about the period; but where magic is concerned, to however slight an extent, there must always be some element of mystery, arising partly out of ignorance and partly from the compulsion of those oaths by which magic protects its precincts from the tiptoe of curiosity.

Moreover, magic, even in small quantities, appears to affect time, much as acids affect some metals, curiously changing its substance, until dates seem to melt into a mercurial form that renders them elusive even to the eye of the most watchful historian.

It is the magic appearing in Chronicles III and IV that has gravely affected the date, so that all I can tell the reader with certainty of the period is that it fell in the later years of the Golden Age in Spain.



CONTENTS

THE FIRST CHRONICLE, 3

How he Met and Said Farewell to Mine Host of the Dragon and Knight

THE SECOND CHRONICLE, 29

How he Hired a Memorable Servant

THE THIRD CHRONICLE, 53

How he Came to the House of Wonder

THE FOURTH CHRONICLE, 87

How he Came to the Mountains of the Sun

THE FIFTH CHRONICLE, 115

How he Rode in the Twilight and Saw Serafina

THE SIXTH CHRONICLE, 147

How he Sang to his Mandolin and what Came of his Singing

THE SEVENTH CHRONICLE, 169

How he Came to Shadow Valley

THE EIGHTH CHRONICLE, 197

How he Travelled Far

THE NINTH CHRONICLE, 227

How he Won a Castle in Spain

THE TENTH CHRONICLE, 253

How he Came back to Lowlight

THE ELEVENTH CHRONICLE, 275

How he Turned to Gardening and his Sword Rested

THE TWELFTH CHRONICLE, 303

The Building of Castle Rodriguez and the Ending of These Chronicles


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