Questing Sword Scratchboard book cover illustration - 3/8/2019

Materials used: 6x6 inch Black-coated Ampersand board and scratching tools.

This is book #016 of 160 paperback novels being transcribed by The Gardner Francis Fox Library.

This is a historical romance novel that takes place in the turbulent days of fifteenth-century Italy. You can purchase a copy from The Gardner Francis Fox Library.

Here's the first bit and a link to chapter one of Questing Sword.


He was a footloose wanderer. An adventurer, riding a roan horse down into the valley of the Oglio River in this early fall of the year 1426. His closely cropped yellow hair was fitted with a steel cap, and a leather jerkin covered a shirt of fine chain mail. A long sword, carried for comfort on a leather strap from the pommel of his saddle, moved gently to the rhythmic strides of the walking horse.

His name was Gion.

Gion had no fame, no money, at this period of his life. For the last seven years he had been a professional soldier, one of those condottieri who, if successful enough, were rising into the nobility all along the Italian peninsula. For three of these years this Bergamese had served under Muzio Attendolo Sforza with the Neapolitan banners of Queen Joanna. A thin white line that was an old scar ran down from his jaw to his throat.

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