Ten years old was the new empire that replaced the old one of almost a thousand years. Snorting contempt in the face of fear. Metal hooves defeated on Saxon dust.

Copyright © Quirina Roode-Gutzmer 2012. All rights reserved.


This was submitted to the NEW MINI STORY COMPETITION at Peirene Press on Facebook: “Write a historical novella in 3 sentences and 30 words. Most important: To get a sense of time and place across.” The competition is open until 29th February , 12 noon (GMT+1h).


12 thoughts on “Defeated

  1. To me, this conveys a sense of great and emotion-laden clashes of arms that have determined epochs of European history AND the preservation of one’s own identity; one’s own essential personality through the holding of boundaries over a lifetime. A banner of prose-poetry that goes deep.

  2. Nearly each imaginable comment is at risk to grow longer than this shortest story 😉 It’s one of the disappointing facts in history that often after a war not only myriads of deaths are to bewail but also often a culture that was erased.

    • LOL. It took me a whole 24 hours to come up with that number of words in that arrangement. It is a challenge, but it helps one to sharpen one’s narrative skills. And indeed, cultures are greatly impacted by wars. Often one tyrant is simply replaced by another tyrant. Thank you, Martin.

    • Thank you, Marion. It was in Leipzig in 1813 that Napoleon was defeated, which was the end of the First French Empire. There were about 600 000 soldiers that fought in this battle, almost 100 000 of them were killed. Napoleon was then exiled by his own people to the island of Elba.

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