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by Christopher Dunkle with Lori Williams
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Copyright 2013 Christopher Dunkle
Prologue: The Story of New London
England. June 1840.
Two months into her marriage and pregnant with her first child, Queen Victoria is taking a public carriage ride with her husband, Prince Albert. A mad tavern worker named Edward Oxford interrupts the Queen's ride and fires two shots at the couple, striking both in the head. Both die along with Victoria's unborn daughter. Oxford is deemed insane, but because of the severity of his crime, is sentenced to death by hanging. The Queen's assassination, however, throws the country into a fevered panic, and with no direct heir left to claim the throne, England enters its “Black Period,” a time of civil discord, international disapproval, and broken government.