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Step into the world of the Eagle and Dove.


For those who have not been here before, 'The Eagle & The Dove' is a story I have been researching and developing for over 20 years. The idea first originated during my travels through Southern France and the mountains of Andalusia in Spain.
Unfortunately, due to family and work commitments, I never seem to find the time to write as much as I would like, but despite all the interruptions, I am finally getting closer to finishing the work.

The Background
The Eagle & Dove is a story of love, loyalty, companionship and bravery, set in Spain and southern Europe in troublesome and dangerous times. Religious persecution of Jews, Gypsies and Muslims by the fanatics of the church left a trail of pain and shame that soiled the name of the God these zealots worshipped.
Gypsies, Eagles, the Spanish Inquisition, soldiers, mercenaries, farmers, lords and ladies are just some of the people you can meet in the world of the Eagle & Dove.
Introduction  Here we are introduced to the region of Spain 'The Guadalquivir' where Legend has it that the story originated.  There is a description of the landscape as it stands today, along with general information concerning the valley and how it came about that I was inspired to write the story of the Eagle & Dove.
Prolouge - The Beginning:  Introduction to one of the main characters and an event that will shape the future.
Part 1: Of those that will be free:  In the first part of the story, we are introduced to the Gpysies, their culture and way of life.  Gradually we come to meet some of the various people who make up this Romany group and discover that they are somehow intertwined with the Eagles.  We also meet the Gypsy child Manana who is to discover the injured Canana, thereby setting in motion the events that destroy a complete way of life.
Part 2:  Of ancient friends and foes: Part 2 is about the 'Great Eagles', what they are, their history in the valley of the Guadalquivir, their habitat, customs and physical make up.  We also get to know the individual eagles that make up the last of the 'Great Eagles' of the valley.
Part 3: Of myth, magic and medicineThis part deals with how the central characters meet and how the relationship develops between the Eagle and the Dove.  It also explains how the eagles and Gypsies are entwined by past events and how the destiny of both is unavoidable.
Part 4: Of the Eagle & Dove: The final part of the book covers the relationship between the Eagle & Dove, the tribulations they face and how a way of life for both Gypsies and Great Eagles is bought to a traumatic end.

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Eagle and Dove - Ancient Friends and Foes

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golden eaglePART 2. Ancient friends and foes


Chapter 1: Ballad of the Eagles

( A traditional Gypsy song in praise of eagles, natures way and freedom )


Fly Eagle fly, take the sky
Let the wind wild and free,
feel your strength as you take the air
the king of grace, he has no care.



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Eagle and Dove - Myths, Magic and Medicine

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moonlightPart 3: Myths, Magic and Medicine
Chapter 1: Manana's Song
As I sit and watch the ashes glow
Awaiting the hour my mind will sleep
My thoughts turn to a brighter day
Gone are the memories of yesterday
Lost in this haze of self sorrow
I prey to God my life will change
I prey for a new tomorrow.



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Eagle and Dove - Introduction

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Heart of the Andes


Deep in the heart of Spain, there lies a beautiful and tranquil valley. It is a valley steeped in legends, where songs and tales have passed through the years and where still they remain a part of the people and their culture. The valley's name is 'La Guadalquivir'.



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Eagle and Dove - The Beginning:

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The Beginning
Winter still held the valley in its unrelenting icy grip. The sun that roasts and scorches the soil in summer was but a feeble pale yellow light, struggling to part the chilling veil that now covered the land.
  Above this veil, the mountains that encircle the Guadalquivir valley were at their finest. Snow covered the caps and peaks, forming a ring of whiteness that surrounded the valley as if to isolate it away from the rest of Spain.   On one of the higher peaks, just below the snow level, there jutted out a huge crag of rock, sticking upwards and outwards like an accusing finger pointing at the heavens.  It was upon this crag that a great Eagle had built her eyrie.
  Inside the eyrie, two young eaglets, a male and female were impatiently awaiting the return of their mother, who had flown in search of food many hours previously. This year an exceptionally hard winter had struck in the valley and game was scarce and difficult to come by.
Since the previous day, the eaglets had only eaten scraps left over from more successful hunts. Although warm and safe, the eaglets were feeling extremely hungry.Of the two young eaglets huddled together in their nest, the male Canana was by some way the largest and more developed of the two.

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Parts 3 & 4 to follow


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