Chapter 12 Summary

The second day of the tournament begins with the Disinherited Knight leading one side of the general combat and Sir Brian leading the other. To Cedric's surprise, Athelstane chooses to participate on the side of Sir Brian.

Cedric intends Athelstane to marry Rowena as they are the last two descendants of the Saxon king Alfred, and Athelstane considers the betrothal all but official. He is annoyed with the Disinherited Knight's having chosen Rowena to be the Queen of Love and Beauty and hopes to make the knight "feel the weight of his battle axe." Prince John's best knights also have joined on the side of the Templar.

Because the general combat is fought with real weapons and is actually more dangerous than...

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