92 Even More Serious

Joan of Kent-21 June 1355

Joan watched him until he had vanished round a bend in the trail.

‘So there he goes, the only citizen of the new Occitan, to join his Queen. Will he become her subject or will he become her lover? Or both? Who knows? I really wish them well. With her stand-in, what was her name … Alyse, travelling with us, hopefully Du Guesclin will ignore them. Do you think Du Guesclin was here today? If so why? Did the diversional ruse fail? Did Du Guesclin survive?’

The Earl smiled grimly. ‘He was here today alright and in flight he did survive. However, he can have no idea what happened after the battle. If we leave clues he will probably follow us rather than Ximene. It might give me the opportunity to kill him.

‘I will not feel safe until you do. But, come, to even more serious matters; we must not waste time in reuniting with our Prince, I must not waste time reuniting with my Prince. From what you have told me, Alyse is almost indistinguishable from Ximene and therefore just as attractive!’

The most dangerous woman in the world