Chapter 32 Summary

In the morning, the victorious besiegers meet under an ancient oak where a "throne" of fern has been constructed for Locksley. The Black Knight and Cedric are seated to either side of him as he explains that he is monarch of the forest and cannot show deference to any man in front of his outlaw subjects. Being outlaws, they have managed to carry off a staggering amount of loot from the burning castle. Locksley asks for the friar, but he has not been seen since mounting his own assault on Front-de-Beouf's wine cellar. Worried that the Clerk of Copmanhurst may have been too drunk to withdraw in time, Locksley sends a large rescue party in search of him.

Locksley is anxious to divide the spoil and get away before any...

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