Welcome to Medieval Monday and week 11 of our ongoing "Villain" theme. Today, my guest is the talented Elisabeth Hobbes. She's sharing a snippet from her story, The Saxon Outlaw's Revenge. Enjoy!
Excerpt from THE SAXON OUTLAW'S REVENGE ~
Robert was going to refuse. Constance could tell from the set of his jaw. The thought of Aelric’s death was unbearable to her. Shaking Jeanne’s hand from her arm, she dropped to her knees, ignoring the stiffness in her ankle.
‘You’ve shown them you can be fierce. Now show them you can be merciful,’ she pleaded. ‘There has been so much death today.’
The murmurs grew louder and angrier. Robert’s face was scarlet with fury.
‘Very well,’ he snapped. ‘He lives.’
Aelric was hauled to the foot of the gallows. The bodies were cut down and Brunwulf was dragged forward. Though his chains weighed him down he climbed the ladder unaided and stared straight ahead as the noose was passed over his head. He gave his oath of loyalty as he had promised. He cast a look at his son that spoke of so much affection that tears welled in Constance’s eyes. Then he went, face serene, to his death.
Many watching wept, Constance among them. Aelric remained dry eyed. ‘And now to deal with you. I said you’d live. I made no other promises,’ Robert said to Aelric. He turned to the guards. ‘Secure him to the scaffold. Ten lashes.’
Can Aelric survive his brutal punishment? To be continued on Ashley York’s blog next Monday http://www.ashleyyorkauthor.com
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