Today’s Kindle Sample #6

29 Jan

Zeelandia FormosaThe executioner raised his huge sword. The blow swished about [Taiwan’s, last Dutch governor, Frederick]Coyet’s head. The penalty for treason was death. but the Council of Justice had decided to show mercy. It was a symbolic execution. Coyet’s real punishment was loss of his fortune and life-imprisonment on an isolated island. A couple of weeks later, he was gone.

Authorities in Batavia were relieved, but if they thought banishment would silence him, they were wrong.

Props to Michael Turton at the indispensable The View from Taiwan blog, for the tip. So many of his tips were unavailable in paperback, or Kindle.
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