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Bladys of the Stewponey

S. Baring-Gould (1834-1924)

1. 01 - Chapter 1 - Oyez!
2. 02 - Chapter 2 - In the Cellar
3. 03 - Chapter 3 - Crispin
4. 04 - Chapter 4 - The Bowling Green
5. 05 - Chapter 5 - The Jack
6. 06 - Chapter 6 - A Mad Wedding
7. 07 - Chapter 7 - Stand : Deliver
8. 08 - Chapter 8 - The Rock Tavern
9. 09 - Chapter 9 - Nan
10. 10 - Chapter 10 - Castle Foregate
11. 11 - Chapter 11 - A White Devil
12. 12 - Chapter 12 - Petty Treason
13. 13 - Chapter 13 - The Last in England
14. 14 - Chapter 14 - A Challenge
15. 15 - Chapter 15 - Vashti
16. 16 - Chapter 16 - Drie
17. 17 - Chapter 17 - Kynaston's Cave
18. 18 - Chapter 18 - A Crooked Finger
19. 19 - Chapter 19 - A Second Flight
20. 20 - Chapter 20 - The Tally Stick
21. 21 - Chapter 21 - A Protector
22. 22 - Chapter 22 - Holy Austin Rock
23. 23 - Chapter 23 - Meg-a-Fox Hole
24. 24 - Chapter 24 - At the Rock Foot
25. 25 - Chapter 25 - Nan, Farewell!
26. 26 - Chapter 26 - The Crooked Finger Again
27. 27 - Appendix 'Burning for Petty Treason'

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Summary

The setting, geography and history of this story by Rev'd Sabine Baring-Gould, author of Onward Christian Soldiers and other well-known hymns, are all accurate, or at least as accurate as local lore will allow. Kinver has long been a midlands beauty spot, and the UK National Trust own and open one of the rock-dwellings mentioned. The 'Stewponey' too was an inn until a year or two into the twenty-first century - the present reader having stopped there for a drink and a meal many times.The story, whether you call it a romance, a historical novel or a horror story - comprising as it does a young woman being offered as a prize in a bowling match, a wife-burning, highwaymen and buried treasure - is of course wholly fiction.