Man of War – Excerpt No. 233

In the end, he would bear the penance for her actions. He dispatched the garrison’s only literate soldier, Charles Garnier, to escort Émilie back to the Keep. On his orders, they issued him a horse, supplies, and enough sols and deniers to make the journey in comfort.

Once there, Charles would relay a letter to Bertrand. Marc’s wishes were that the child be raised by their mother, educated, and treated as a proper heir. The only difference was that Émilie would never become his wife or be formally acknowledged. Other than a small monthly stipend, a staff of four, and quarters within the Keep, she would be left to her devices.

Pregnant woman on a horse. Horse is being led by a man on foot. Clothes and setting appropriate to 16th century France.

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