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Sun, Mar. 27th, 2005, 11:02 am
lacklandjohn:

Cousins,

We need your support; your coin and men for this war.

Richard, will you rally Gloster's armies to England's cause? A bitter noble should not force his men from England's side, don't you agree? Thou art more than deserving of his men, they will follow thee readily. Should he object to this, thou mayst take what thou likest of his land, as well.


King John.

Sun, Mar. 27th, 2005 12:37 am (UTC)
faulcagenet

Uncle,

I'll set out now. I enjoy rallying armies almost as much as the battling; and I admit, it could be partly for reasons arrogant. I seem to have something of my father about me; is it purely my appearance, or do I have some little part of his manner?

I know already he'll object, so I'll gather up some of Gloucester's good farmland and a few fair-sized townships as a warning against complaint. If he does further whine, I'll further take.

Philip

Sun, Mar. 27th, 2005 12:44 am (UTC)
richardgloster

Keep your bird's tongue behind your beak; you are a falconbridge, not a lionheart. Indeed a bridge for others more powerful to tread on. You are royal by name only; take not what is not yours, or you shall find answer in me. I will not stand to have my men taken from me in so casual a manner that it could be sport.

You have only the crudities of your father in you, and your face is generic as his was. Red hair is more Scottish than English, as well. You would do well as a barbarous Scottish chieftain; better that than a noble English knight.

John, I will not forget your treatment of me. Gloster is not to be trifled with; my province is England's largest and finest.

Sun, Mar. 27th, 2005 12:54 am (UTC)
lacklandjohn

He is a Lionheart, and well worthy of the place. It is up to your men whom they follow; if you think yourself so much a better King than Richard or myself you have no need to worry, your men will stay loyal to their deformed master, and follow not the natural son of Coeur-de-Lion.

Your own royalty is weaker than his; your claim is more uncertain.


Philip, thou hast thy father's spirit for battle, and a measure of thy humour is to his credit. Take thou as much of Gloster's lands as thou wishest.

Sun, Mar. 27th, 2005 01:02 am (UTC)
richardgloster

Men hark back to my deformity, as it is my only fault. I am well pleased that it is no weakness of mind, as thou hast in thy cowardice, John. And I laugh at your reference to Philip as Richard's natural son. A lanky bastard of a boy. Bastards are unnatural, and 'tis not long before this one tarnishes Coeur-de-lion's holy name.

My claim is certain in my will and merits.

The Bastard's 'humour' is brash, and has spoiled many a tense negotiation with braggart offence. He may not take any of my land.

Sun, Mar. 27th, 2005 01:07 am (UTC)
faulcagenet

But your deformity ecompasses all of you, Richard. You are one large, walking tumour in the English people, and 'tis the curse of my cousins and I that we must dig you out before you become a pressure.

And you are humourless; what right have you to speak? Your men will not follow you, for your sourness alone.

I'll take much of your land, Gloster, and all your army. My father's holy name, whatever you think of it, will be of use here.

Sun, Mar. 27th, 2005 05:53 pm (UTC)
ladyannewarrick

I know there is little place for a woman in such matters, but I must speak in defense of my lord. Though men may call him "deformed" or "wicked", I find him to be the most worthy of all men in England. As for his appearance, hath it not wooed a wife? I see no such wife for thee, Falconbridge.
Please forgive my words, it was not my place to speak so openly.
Lady Anne

Sun, Mar. 27th, 2005 09:45 pm (UTC)
faulcagenet

My Lady,

By chance he is deformed, that I grant, and be it certain that I would judge no man on his appearance. But he has, in the past, dealt with our King unjustly as a cousin and man, and his designs for the throne are clear. Since they are treasonous, could it not be said that our King is lenient in his treatment of him? Though, my lord John, desist in too much insulting him. He is our cousin.

Madam, the woman I loved was married to a Dauphain in France to seal a bond between our countries (that lately severed; alas, it was in vain). He is a tragic lout whose loving words flatter only himself. She had promised herself to me before the match was arranged, but since it was made by royalty, there was little that either she or I could do. She writes me often, and though she tries to make the best of her marriage, she pines for me and her family. I am helpless; those comforts I would give I cannot.

You should speak your mind freely, good lady; I always have an ear for you. I feel this form of exchange is impersonal; might we speak a little in person, so I might apologize properly for any offence caused?

Yours,

Sir Philip Faulconbridge

Mon, Mar. 28th, 2005 12:54 am (UTC)
ladyannewarrick

Dear Sir,
Thou must believe me when I say I did not wish to offend thee. Richard is my husband, and any words against him hurt those whom are loved of him. Of those politcal matters, I believe that every man is ambitious. Yet I do not believe the crown is within his view. But thy knowledge on these matters is much greater than mine.
I grieve deeply for thy lost love. Marriage for politics is rarely that of true love, in that I count myself and Richard blessed. Yet I was twice married, my first husband Edward was slain in the wars of late. There is always the hope for thee and thy Lady.
I am sending this with my trusted maid, Joan. If thou desire to speak privately, please send thy reply with her.
Lady Anne

Sun, Mar. 27th, 2005 01:17 am (UTC)
lacklandjohn

Deformity in body is the hallmark of your deformity in mind.

Philip's bastardy hath not tainted any talent he hath inherited. Canst thou keep him from thy lands? Thou shalt test his merit when he comes for thy men; dost thou think they will stand by thee?

Think'st thou the King of England has no power to rebuke thee, Gloster? Thou shouldst halt thy tongue; my brother was a good King, his natural son hath inherited much of his talent, and I am no coward.