Excerpt from Alcazar; Or the Dark Ages, Vol. 1 of 3: A Novel The events recorded in the following pages happened seven hundred years ago; and I assure the reader that neither I r any of my family w living took any part in them. I should have deemed it superfluous to make such a declaration had it t been insisted that I myself and the several members of my household, together with real events that had happened to each of us, had been introduced by me into my recent work entitled Modern Society in Rome. Because, in The Wabash, I had recorded what happened to us in our wild travels in the Back Woods of America, it was thought that we must play a part in every vel or chronicle that I might publish! And as I do t make my vels a vehicle for personal histories, so I would request n-readers to believe that I do t use them as channels for controversial or religious disquisitions. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.