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In the second segment of David Arrowsmith’s dramatic narrative, nectar—the wine that flows between England and France during the 14th century—truly turns to venom as Jean Créton continues to record the man’s scintillating account. This as theyMoreIn the second segment of David Arrowsmith’s dramatic narrative, nectar—the wine that flows between England and France during the 14th century—truly turns to venom as Jean Créton continues to record the man’s scintillating account. This as they nervously await Hugh Lawrence of Colchester to reveal himself at the Scottish friary and reclaim the panel of saints in David’s possession.The story resumes in the year 1370, when David has married the ravishing Eleanor, taken over the Pelican Tavern Inn in London, and recommenced his apprenticeship in the wine trade. Little Jack is now three, and although he is not his natural son, David raises him as his own, even as he longs to learn the identity of Eleanor’s wicked attacker.With civil wars brewing in Brittany and Spain, and France and England openly fighting, the truce has ended and the Hundred Years’ War is again in full swing, threatening to bring everyone into its fold. After an attempt to liberate Sophie and Jacques from the cruelty of Pierre Juneau in Bordeaux, David and Hugh come to the rescue of Princess Joan of Kent and her sons when hunted by a group of mysterious assassins. Obliged by John of Gaunt to fight as an archer for the English armies, David accompanies Hugh and a host of new friends to various towns throughout France, and earns the respect of Edward, the Black Prince, and is made a Master Archer.But soon, in choosing sides with Prince Edward and the Plantagenets, David distances himself from John of Gaunt and the Lancaster faction, and especially Hugh Lawrence, who has grown to bitterly despise him. Throughout all of his strife, he forms a strong bond with the prince’s young son, the future Richard II of England. With political and military turmoil—and the rule of a child king—comes deep social unrest as taxes crush the working classes. Walter Tyler, Jack Strawe, and John Ball—all old friends of David—each have their own reasons for inciting the Great Revolt of 1381, while John Wycliffe can only helplessly look on as thousands of peasants lay waste to England, march on London, and threaten the entire monarchy.During the unrest and its turbulent aftermath, David endures unbearable loss as he struggles to survive, and comes out of hiding to aid an old friend. Soon, his final reckoning with Hugh will be at hand as Créton races to fill in the final lines of his chronicle and discover the mystery of the panel and the lost King of England.