By Maureen Ash
While a squire's physique is located striking from a tree, Templar Bascot de Marins is given the duty of unearthing the reality ahead of an unparalleled assembly of kings at Lincoln citadel.
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D e at h o f a S q u i r e 43 The village was, as Tostig had said, a small one, with perhaps ten families within the fence of hurdles that bounded the compound. The reeve, headman for the village, had been apprised by the forester of Bascot’s intended visit and he, along with the village priest and two others, was waiting for the Templar just inside the gate. Nearby, clustered in a silent watching group, were the other men of the hamlet, while their womenfolk huddled in twos and threes at the entrances to the small thatched cots that straggled around the perimeter of the enclosed space.
Although both her parents were dark haired, Alinor had inherited the Haye glints of copper in her tawny-coloured 36 M au r e e n A s h locks, which now streamed down her back in two long plaits. She was a forceful girl, ﬁfteen years of age, gently rounded and passingly pretty, but with an intractability that she had inherited from her Haye forbears. The girl she was berating was Alys de Carston, sister to Alain. Alys had lived in the de Humez household for the past three years, since she had been betrothed to Alinor’s younger brother, Baldwin, a boy who was four years her junior.
He tried to placate the anger he could see rising in his sibling. “Perhaps you were foolish not to realise that neither prince has the integrity of their father, Gerard, but you had little choice as matters turned out. And Henry has been dead a long time. You cannot mourn his loss for ever. He was a good king and held you in high esteem, but now it is his son that is on the throne. ” “I will leave that to Nicolaa. She has a fondness for him, although only the Good Lord above knows why. And he returns her affection.