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When a Child Is Born by Jodi Taylor
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It's Christmas Day 1066 and a team from St Mary's is going to witness the coronation of William the Conqueror. Or so they think. However, History seems to have different plans for them and when Max finds herself delivering a child in a peasant's hut, she can't help wondering what History is up to.

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Great story, seasonably suitable and historically apt. ( )
  jamespurcell | Aug 11, 2019 |
Fantastic short story ( )
  Michelle_Boyea | Jun 7, 2019 |
Max and her little band of historians and security from St. Mary's are off once again, this time to London in 1066 to witness the coronation of William the Conqueror. At least, that's why they think they're there. But everything goes wrong, and they arrive well outside town, and trip over a wounded woodcutter while heading toward what they think is their destination.

History has other things in mind for them, though. They're soon in deep, deep trouble, and Max is wondering how she's going to explain this to Dr. Bairstow. Along the way, Max discovers that sometimes she needs to "not think like an historian."

It's short, fun, and free on Audible. Take advantage; you'll enjoy it. ( )
  LisCarey | Sep 19, 2018 |
I listened to this on audio, and it was a nice little story about an adventure the gang went on. It didn't really add to the world or characters, but it was a nice little snippet into a smaller assignment they went on. ( )
  jdifelice | Jun 14, 2018 |
Dr Maxwell's latest assignment should have been so simple: travel back to William the Conqueror's coronation on 25 December 1066 and observe the unfolding events; instead, Dr Maxwell and her team stumble over a gravely injured man, transport him to safety and help deliver a baby. It's not surprising that in her report to Dr Bairstow Dr Maxwell is uncharacteristically vague about what exactly occurred, considering St Mary's prime directive is no intervention.

I love spending time with the historians at St Mary's: you're never quite sure what you're going to get at the end, apart from some well-placed sarcasm and dry and deadpan humour. This (too) short story again shows that Jodi Taylor knows how to flesh out her tales by combining fictitious and historical characters and events into a cohesive whole. Time to read A Second Chance soon, I think. ( )
  passion4reading | Nov 30, 2017 |
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It's Christmas Day 1066 and a team from St Mary's is going to witness the coronation of William the Conqueror.

Or so they think.

However, History seems to have different plans for them and when Max finds herself delivering a child in a peasant's hut, she can't help wondering what History is up to. [retrieved 3/10/2016 from Amazon.com]
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Observe William the
Conqueror's coronation?
It'll be a doddle!
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