Tuesday, 12 August 2008

The battle of Hastings

"Jane Shore" was past her prime, but considerably closer to it than Lord Hastings. She found the Lord Chamberlain in his office, hard at work as ever with the affairs of state. What they had in common was their affection for the late king, whom they had served in their different ways. Conversation flowed as they reminisced happily about Edward, until Hastings was completely at ease. Then, "Jane" unleashed her lethal weapon, an inviting smile that Hastings' defences systematically failed to withstand. Thus was Hastings' bedchamber breached. Once he was sound asleep, exhausted by his exertions, "Jane" planted the incriminating documents.

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