Oratea Fortress, Echoes of the 13th Century, 100-Word Story

When wind howls around Oratea Fortress, echoes from the 13th century swirl around fir trees and tumbled down walls.

Oratea Fortress, Echoes of the 13th Century, 100-Word Story
Oratea Fortress, rising atop Saxon’s Hill

Located near the charming Rucăr Bran Corridor, Oratea Fortress echoes back in history to the 13th century, year 1212, when the Teutonic Knights arrived, as invited by King Andrew III of Hungary, to settle in Burzenland, Țara Bârsei, and below and protect this eastern land against Cumans’ attacks.

Stone upon stone still stands where Oratea Fortress once rose tall, and the wind still echoes of past battles, and of laughter, and whispers of love.

For what is wind, but the amassed power of words long ago uttered?

Oratea Fortress, Echoes of the 13th Century, 100-word Story

They’d arrived. And settled. New souls on old land. Forced smiles, calling one another a little too loud, laughing too much. Living with intent, their purposeful reputation preceding them.

Rising a chapel (a place to lie down for their last sleep), ahead of the fortress they ought to build. And protect. Stashing memories in the sacred foundation.

Till their time would come, days are filled with battles, laced with life. On this new land, rich in new shades. new sounds. new hopes.

Besides protecting it, ought they mingle with the locals? Besides fighting off ruffians, ought they live a little?

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The unique beauty of each 100-word story is in the way the words are strung together, each one a gem, and in the spaces left between the words, and between sentences. So much can be told with little words. It is a challenge for the writer, and a thrill for the reader (I hope), as each time the tale is read a new detail springs to mind.

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“I would recommend this book to all fans of history and historical fiction, as this is a fantastic combination of both.”

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12 Replies to “Oratea Fortress, Echoes of the 13th Century, 100-Word Story”

  1. I know I told you this before, but you have a way with words. „For what is wind, but the amassed power of words long ago uttered?” Simply beautiful!

  2. Ah, you are balm for the soul, Jo. Thank you!!!

    Funny thing, when I wrote that sentence yesterday, I thought that it might resonate with you. 🙂

  3. Beautiful words and pictures, Patricia. 🙂
    The past always hold so much intrigue.

    “For what is wind, but the amassed power of words long ago uttered?”
    This line is so haunting and beautiful. Simply magnificent.
    They may be only 100 words but they convey so much, a significant portion of history.
    Well written! 🙂

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