Chapter 19 Summary

Athelstane, Cedric, and Rowena are accompanied by ten servants, plus Wamba and Gurth. Aside from being a fairly large party, they are Saxons, as are the outlaws that haunt the forest. The Saxon nobles are not overly concerned by Saxon yeomen, reduced to a life of crime by Norman oppression. Isaac and Rebecca, however, cannot rely on the sympathy of the outlaws for their security, and the escort they hired in Ashby abandons them—and takes the horses with them. As the Saxon party overtakes them on the road, Isaac and Rebecca are encumbered by a stretcher on which a wounded man lies. A large band of outlaws is rumored to be nearby. Athelstane is for leaving them to the robbers, but Cedric suggests lending them a couple of attendants...

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