By Paul C. Doherty
1286 and on a storm-ridden evening King Alexander III of Scotland is driving around the Firth of Forth to fulfill 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 loss of life on merciless rocks. The Scottish throne is left vacant of any actual inheritor and instantly the nice ecu princes and the strong nobles of Alexander's nation commence 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 court docket. involved connection exists among the king's dying and people now desirous of taking the Scottish throne, Corbett is drawn right into a maelstrom of intrigue, conspiracy and threat.
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Roared with laughter and tossed me a purse of coins. ' Corbett asked quietly. 'No,' the fellow replied. ' 'I took him and his two squires across. ' Corbett asked. 'Because of the storm,' the ferryman replied caustically. 'One ferryman died that night, Simon Taggart,' he pointed back to the shore we had left. 'His body was found in the shallows. Quite drowned. ' He turned and spat over the side. 'Poor bastard! ' Corbett asked. The ferryman shrugged. 'Not necessarily, Simon could have been trying to transport goods.
I opened the door and they entered. The King behind them. I knew it was he, large-framed, red-haired, with the eyes and nose of an eagle. ' The ferryman stopped, smiled slyly and went to pick up the coin, so Corbett drew the long dagger from beneath his cloak. The ferryman shrugged, laughed and continued. 'I went down on my knees but the King bellowed at me to get up and prepare my skiff. I tried to reason with him but the King asked if I was afraid of dying. ' Corbett asked. The ferryman grimaced.
On the day the King died, just before dusk, an unknown messenger had delivered a letter at the gate. This was taken direct to Queen Yolande who had summoned Alexander and told him to take the King's favourite horse, a white mare stabled at Kinghorn, down to the ferry. Alexander angrily complied, furious that the King could put him to so much trouble on a wild, bitterly cold night. 'I did what I was told to,' he grumbled. 'I waited there for hours until His Grace came. I remonstrated with him but he would not listen.
Crown in Darkness (A Medieval Mystery Featuring Hugh Corbett) by Paul C. Doherty