No Place Like Home

PHOTO PROMPT © Rochelle Wisoff-Fields

Yvette had no memory outside the walls of her prison.  She didn’t even really know it was a prison. She’d been taken there shortly after her birth, her distraught mother believing the lie that she was born dead. A wet nurse had been hired to care for her. Later, food was set inside the small door.

Yvette had never heard her own name. She knew nothing of the outside world. Sometimes she stood in the light that came through the narrow slits of her prison, wondering what the light was.

She should have been Queen.  Would she ever know?



69 thoughts on “No Place Like Home

  1. I remember a film called Kaspar Hauser of a boy brought up that way… but how he came out and his logic was interesting.

    I remember this…
    “The room I lived in must be larger than the outside world, because when I was inside my room I saw only the walls in every direction, but now when I’m outside I only have to turn around and I cannot see the walls anymore.”

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  2. Movingly told Granonine. It reminded me of the (true) story of Princess Gwenllian of Wales, who was removed from her home country at the age of 4 (both her parents then being dead) and confined for the rest of her life (she died aged 54) in a priory on the far side of England on the orders of Edward I. The priory is no longer there, but the site has a melancholic feel.

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      1. Neither was I until fairly recently Granonine. A relative lives near the site and pointed it out on a walk. When looking up this Welsh princess, I also learned about Gwenllian Ferch Gruffydd, a real-life warrior princess who fought against the Normans and was killed in battle. She’s also thought to have been the author of a major work in Welsh. I’d never heard of either before, but I won’t speculate on why that might be.

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      2. I really know very little about the Welsh and their history. I do know they sing unusually well 🙂 Years ago, I visited Chepstowe Castle, but that’s as far into Wales that we traveled.

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      3. You’ve touched on one of the possible reasons for my own lack of awareness. Although Wales is an in important part of the UK, its history doesn’t play a major role when that’s just is taught in schools in England. Scots might argue that the same applies to their history, possibly with some justification, but people of my age would definitely have been aware of Robert the Bruce, William Wallace and other notable figures.
        Now that I’m speculating, maybe another reason for the two Gwenllians being under-recognised is their gender. OK, I’d obviously heard of Boudicca/Boadicea, but I probably wouldn’t have if she’d been Welsh as well as female.

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      1. Wow, Dale. It’s great that the story of this very early Princess of Wales hasn’t been forgotten. When I first heard the story, I thought it would make a good (if very sad) film. Maybe the impossibility of finding a happy ending would put potential producers off, though.

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  3. Dear Linda,

    A few questions come to mind. If she’s never heard her name spoken why mention it? Undoubtedly she has no spoken language, unless she’s made one up. Without love or human touch she doesn’t have a chance at a normal life. Somber tale…nicely done.



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    1. I chose a name because I didn’t want to refer to her just as “she” or “the girl.” I did consider not using a name, but I felt I needed to give her some sort of human touch. And yes, it is somber. Thank you.


  4. Our lines of thought firmly converged on pathetic young queens-in-waiting this week. How amazing. Particularly that we both focused on the quality of the light. But we tell two separate stories which is fascinating. As my girl might say, “vive la difference!”

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  5. Jelli

    Oh, what a horrid existence this poor little waif must have… but then, does she really know ? Others see the situation differently, but in her eyes it’s normal… so many children in abusive homes don’t have a clue because, like Yvette, it is their normal. They don’t know differently until they are told so or have enough experiences that are healthy to realize it. So sad, so very sad.

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      1. Jelli

        Yes, it is. Being the daughter of one born out of wedlock, I have seen how the world treated the one called my mother… it was horrible. I have seen the delapidated “shed” where she was born that served as the ‘unwed mother’s home’… I wouldn’t shelter a rat in that place. Just a soddy (walls of dirt, dirt floor, rotten wood roof). We drove by it everyday, and everyday, ‘mom’ would curse it. Gran, her mom, would drive past and weep. When I was old enough to understand, Gran begged me never to get pregnant outside of marriage. It was a living lesson. Horrid..and all too real. And, that was here in America….

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      2. Jelli

        Don’t know, but he needs one. We know who he is… he’s a rich jack*** who took advantage of my Gran when she was a young teen. It is a family embarrassment.

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  6. Such a sad story. But history does bear out such stories of intrigue in royal families. The lesser descendants of the Mughal dynasty were called the ‘salatin’. They were locked up in forts and not allowed outside. A report in the 19th century observed that “The salatin quarter consists of an immense high wall so that nothing can overlook it…..Some men apparently eighty years old were almost in a state of nature, who from earliest infancy had been shut up; other young men, sons of kings whose mothers had either died or were not in favour… other young children who had the space within these walls to look forward to as their world..”


  7. What would her life be like if she were to be released, with no human touch or interaction? A very sad tale and I’m sure royalty on the wrong side experienced this reality, at least for parts of their lives. Another example of “man’s inhumanity to man.” Nicely written story!

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  8. I read a book recently about a baby given to an orphanage by the parents of the teenage mother. The orphanage was later turned into a mental hospital and she was there until she came of age. She knew nothing of the outside world. But at least she could speak the language. What a cruel thing to do.
    You’ve written a very thought provoking piece.

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