Chapter 15 Summary

Waldemar Fitzurse is a masterful political whip, and he promptly and efficiently rounds up John's faltering followers by renewing promises, passing out money, dismissing Richard's return as highly unlikely, and reminding them of all they stand to gain in standing by John. Richard's position, he argues, is so weak in England that he would not be able to counter a coup even if he did return.

Tired but satisfied, Fitzurse heads to his rooms and runs into De Bracy, who is dressed as a yeoman. Fitzurse is not amused, fearing that now this ally is going off to engage in antics that might undo his hard work. De Bracy counters that they both know John will make a terrible king, serving the ambitions of his advisers: Fitzurse...

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