"Joan of the Sword Hand", by Samuel Rutherford Crockett, first American edition published by Dodd & Mead, New York, 1900.
From the "Chapter I. -- THE HALL OF THE GUARD. Loud rang the laughter in the hall of the men-at-arms at Castle Kernsberg. There had come an embassy from the hereditary Princess of Plassenburg, recently established upon the throne of her ancestors, to the Duchess Joan of Hohenstein, ruler of that cluster of hill statelets which is called collectively Masurenland, and which includes, besides Hohenstein the original Eagle's Eyrie, Kernsberg also, and Marienfield..."
Samuel Rutherford Crockett [aka S. R. Crockett], (Sept. 24, 1859 - Apr.16, 1914, France), was a Scottish novelist. He was born at Duchrae, Balmaghie, Kirkcudbrightshire, and graduated from Edinburgh University during 1879. After some years of travel, he became in 1886 minister of Penicuik. During that year he produced his first publication, "Dulce Cor" ('Sweet Heart'), a collection of verse. He eventually abandoned the Free Church ministry for novel-writing. Crockett published his successful story of "The Stickit Minister" during 1893. It was followed by a rapidly produced series of popular novels frequently featuring the history of Scotland or his native Galloway.
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