Since Queen Catelina Of France had died from tuberculosis, The King’s Mistress Jacobella had been taking a more prominent role disliked by the nobles who supported the English Crown. A Medici should not be able to be that close to the crown as it could be a dangerous affair.
Little was known of Mistress Jacobella. She had travelled a decade ago to Rissingshire with her aunt Donna and her lady in waiting. She grew up in Italy on the countryside always protected and surrounded by clever and powerful family members. Which had come to her use to this very day.
Fun fact: Donna married the King’s brother, Tormund, who secretly and accidently killed King Edmund, his father.
One night Elias had come home earlier than he used to from another visit to his local “Tavern”. He smelled of women and ale.
“Where have you been?” He asked her.
“My love? Are you awake?” He came into bed. Being close had never felt this way with Elias, her husband, but every part of her burned in an unspeakable way whenever Thomas was near.
“I want to stop the time and let this moment be all we ever do.” She replied silently as she gave herself to the bittersweet call of love.
It didn’t take months for the two of them to fall in love. Finding herself lonely at the Homestead while Elias was often away with his noble friends, drunk at towers and brothels, she would watch Thomas from the Balcony. And he would see her.
But the consequences of infidelity seemed so meaningless when she found herself in the arms of the man she loved.
Thomas Johnson was a Stable’s Keeper at the Home Of Holden. She had watched him from a distance as he had cared for the horses. Often he would give her a big, warm smile when he saw her in which she found big comfort in all this misery..
So she kept watching.
“So, how do you enjoy your new surroundings?” Elias asked as he finished his last bit of supper. Not with much interest but one supposedly had to engage in conversation with ones wife.
“I miss home. Now that we are married, I will fulfill my responsibilities as a wife, but I will never be able to love that person you truly are.” She replied.
“Well, aren’t we in a wonderful mood this afternoon. I shall bid you farewell until night time as I’ll write my father-in-law, The King, a letter of gratitude for this home. And perhaps he will know how to learn my wife to speak properly to me!” And Elias left the hall.
Sneak peak of an older Charles (an heir but really an illegitimate child between King Henry and his mistress Jacobella) He already looks ready to take over the world! Yikes.
“My great-great-grandfather was in love with the only daughter of this powerful family but the fight of the Throne between the two families resulted in assassinations and betrayel. Seeing as the Stoneholds had always wanted to take upon The English Throne themselves and planned to kill the King, he had to make a decision which started The Great War. After numerous threats he and his men finally attacked them by midnight to win not only the safety of his throne but to win his only true love. I would do that for you, any time, in any life. I love you. Do never doubt that.”
Sometimes the servants at Rissingshire sneak into the library and have a cup of night tea, when the royal household is asleep knowing very well it’s forbidden. The servant on the right has been with the Lions family since King Edmund’s time.