By Paul C. Doherty
1286 and on a storm-ridden evening King Alexander III of Scotland is using around the Firth of Forth to satisfy his attractive French bride Yolande. He by no means reaches his ultimate vacation spot as his horse mysteriously slips, sending them either crashing to their demise on merciless rocks. The Scottish throne is left vacant of any genuine inheritor and instantly the nice eu princes and the robust nobles of Alexander's nation begin struggling with for the glittering prize. The Chancellor of britain, Burnell, ever conscious of the curiosity his king, Edward I, has in Scotland, sends his devoted clerk, Hugh Corbett, to document at the chaotic scenario on the Scottish courtroom. involved connection exists among the king's loss of life and people now desirous of taking the Scottish throne, Corbett is drawn right into a maelstrom of intrigue, conspiracy and risk.
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He was to write direct to Burnell and only use as envoys the members of the escort who accompanied him into Scotland. Corbett had asked the reason why but Burnell had brusquely dismissed him. Corbett picked up the pen again and began to write. 'I have met Benstede and he has told me a litte of what is happening in Scodand. On the evening of 18th March, King Alexander III was feasting with his court at Edinburgh Castle, (Benstede himself was there). Alexander suddenly announced that, despite the fierce storm raging outside, he intended to ride to his manor at Kinghorn where his new queen, the French princess, Yolande, was awaiting him.
Corbett asked. His companion grunted, turned and spat again, so Corbett laid a gold piece on the board before him and the man grinned. 'It was a raw night,' he said, relaxing the oars and letting the skiff dance on the gentle swell. 'A strong easterly wind had been raging for days, driving the water up the Forth. I was in my house, tucked in with my woman when there came a pounding on the door. I saw from the window that it was two squires, wearing the royal livery, wet and bedraggled, who bawled that His Grace, the King of Scotland, demanded passage.
The laughter was silenced by an imperious glance from Queen Yolande before she turned to question Corbett in French. He courteously replied, tactfully lying about his arrival in Scotland and explaining that he came with the personal condolences of the Lord Chancellor of England. Queen Yolande heard him out though she appeared to be only half listening. Gently, Corbett turned the conversation to the death of her husband. ' He bowed graciously towards her. ' The royal widow simply shrugged her elegant shoulders.