My collection of neglected words beginning with the letter R :-
Rubican, of a horse’s coat, black or red with specks of white.
Rulley, a four-wheeled flat wagon used for carrying goods.
Rudstay, Strap over a horse’s back to which a wagon can be attached.
Redoubt, rough and temporary fortification.
Rideau, a ridge or mound used for defence.
The messenger leapt from his rubican mare and handed the village headman a rolled parchment. It was not favourable news.
He sounded the tocsin, and the men ceased their labours and assembled in the square. They were to prepare for an invasion by a renegade group of turncoats from a township to the north.
With all due haste they fetched a rulley. Using heavy leather rudstays they appended four fine stallions. After heaving a robinet and a collection of weapons aboard they started to trudge up the steep incline to a redoubt atop the rideau.
Come dawn, the sky above the vestiges of the village was thick with black smoke.
Alas, their efforts had been in vain. Its men were taken, their women and children left to fend for themselves.