THE BADGER KNIGHT, a novel

Adrian, a small, sickly boy with albinism in the Middle Ages, runs off to battle to prove he's a man -- which he succeeds in doing, but not in the way he thought.
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Hadrian's Wall, separating England and Scotland which Adrian had to cross to see his first battle.

Hadrian's Wall, separating England and Scotland which Adrian had to cross to see his first battle.

The Gough Map, earliest known map of Britain from mid-1300's, much like Adrian would've seen at Lanercost Priory.  The pin shows Carlisle and the jagged red line is Hadrian's Wall.

The Gough Map, earliest known map of Britain from much like Adrian would've seen at Lanercost Priory. The pin shows Carlisle and the jagged red line is Hadrian's Wall.

Lanercost Priory, near Hadrian's Wall, where Adrian meets Nigel and Prior Osmond.

Lanercost Priory, near Hadrian's Wall, where Adrian meets Nigel and Prior Osmond.

A "copse" (bunch) of trees, like Adrian often encountered on his journey.

A "copse" (bunch) of trees, like Adrian often encountered on his journey.

Scottish woods near the border with England, where Adrian would've walked.

Scottish woods near the border with England, where Adrian would've walked.

Whistle (to the right of the jaw harp) Donald plays.  Actually, this is the Tusculum whistle found at a Medieval home near where Donald lives.  (Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh.)

Whistle (to the right of the jaw harp) Donald plays. Actually, this is the Tusculum whistle found at a Medieval home near where Donald lives. (Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh.

Carlisle Castle, Carlisle, England, where Adrian stands to look across the city, searching for his best friend, Hugh.

Carlisle Castle, Carlisle, England, where Adrian stands to look across the city, searching for his best friend, Hugh.

Knight chess piece (replica from Medieval set), like the pieces Adrian uses in playing Nigel.

Knight chess piece (replica from Medieval set), like the pieces Adrian uses in playing Nigel.

Lanercost Priory's interior courtyard where the dormitories were -- where Nigel and Adrian slept.

Lanercost Priory's interior courtyard where the dormitories were -- where Nigel and Adrian slept.

Carlisle Cathedral, where Adrian hid, and the stained glassed window that so impressed him.

Carlisle Cathedral, where Adrian hid, and the stained glassed window that so impressed him.

Standing stone at Mayburgh Henge, near Penrith, England, which Adrian passes as he begins his journey.

Standing stone at Mayburgh Henge, near Penrith, England, which Adrian passes as he begins his journey.

Ruins of a manor house near Penrith, England, where Cook gives Adrian soup, bread, cheese and a smack on the head!

Ruins of a manor house near Penrith, England, where Cook gives Adrian soup, bread, cheese and a smack on the head!

Statue of Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland from 1306 to 1329, Donald's hero, and the origin of the legend of "the Spider" (Donald's nickname for Adrian).

Statue of Robert the Bruce, King of Scotland from 1306 to Donald's hero, and the origin of the legend of "the Spider" (Donald's nickname for Adrian).

Latrine at Housesteads Roman Fort on Hadrian's Wall -- just like Nigel tells Adrian!

Latrine at Housesteads Roman Fort on Hadrian's Wall -- just like Nigel tells Adrian!

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