Chapter 40 Summary

The Black Knight, now revealed to be King Richard, goes to the priory of St. Botolph, where he has sent Wilfrid with Gurth and Wamba. Richard arranges to meet Wilfrid at Athelstane's castle. Wilfrid must rest another day before taking the journey to Coningsburgh, but Richard sets out right away with Wamba for his guide. He is intrigued by his Saxon subjects and wants to see more of them. After Richard leaves, Wilfrid becomes restless and tells the prior he is well enough to travel and wishes to go. He has a presentiment of danger and worries that if Richard strolls into a large party of heavily drinking Saxon funeral attendees, something bad might happen. The prior reluctantly lends Wilfrid his own elderly palfrey, which has a...

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