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Topic: The Greatest Knight - Chapters 21 - 30

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Subject: The Greatest Knight - Chapters 21 - 30
Date Posted: 6/26/2010 7:51 AM ET
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Date Posted: 7/13/2010 4:25 PM ET
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Well, I know no one posted here, but I'll follow the rules and stick my comments within the chapters listed.  : )  They contain *SPOILERS* although these spoilers are historical facts.

Chapters 21 - 30 probably contain some of my favorite moments, because I love the way Chadwick described the death of two kings - father and son - Henry II and Henry the Young King.  I had read in biographies about  the Young King's repentance, laying on the hearth in ashes, but not about his entrails being removed to be sent in Grammont Abbey and his body, after much dissension, buried in Rouen.  It was heartbreaking the way a son begged his father's presence, but fear of a trap kept King Henry away.

Then the way Henry II died.  I assume the desecration of his body and theft of his belongings are fact.  So sad.  But facts and the way Chadwick presented the nobles going "out for a beer" to unwind aside, it didn't make sense to me that they would leave a dying king completely unattended with not one noble keeping vigil.  I wonder if there is a larger story to that one that we'll never really know.

I never imagined the Tower being used as a boarding house for young heiresses!  But there it is!  Something new I learned.

Date Posted: 7/16/2010 1:43 PM ET
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I too was somewhat shocked that everyone left King Henry dying.  Who robbed him?  The servants? Does anyone know the whole story behind this?