The war has finally concluded! The public has broken into mad rivalry as peace was declared. I cannot remember when last it was I drank and was absorbed by merriment. What a night to be alive!
Buckingham and I returned to Her Majesty after visiting His Majesty earlier this morn, we decided to keep aloof on details of his condition, as it is deteriorating. We were discussing the matter further, when we were interrupted by Richard Gloucester accusing the Queen’s kin doing him wrong for his brother’s imprisonment. His tirade of accusations was interrupted by Margaret; the old bat is still alive. She continued to rant about how her kingdom was stolen, and that we should watch Richard. The King had need of his court, and we were called too him. I’m normally not superstitious, but there was some truth in what Margaret was saying. I will be watching the fellow members of my court with keener eyes…
The King has passed, and the race to crown The Prince has begun. The people are worried that without a leader, we may again fall into the chaos of war. Richard has become kinder of late, it doesn’t suit him. I believe he is attempting to secure higher office once his kinsman is on the throne. Hopefully we can avoid any bloodshed with the young taking over for the old.
My hopes have failed. The Queen has lost several followers, executed while held captive. Lord Hastings was blind to the machinations around him. While planning the coronation, Richard came to the counsel and accused Lady Elizabeth of witchcraft, on his withered arm, and Hastings offered aid. He attempted to tell Richard that if it was indeed The Queen, action should be taken immediately. He did not finish this thought, for Richard struck him and commanded him beheaded with the authority of the Lord Protector. I had to leave him, else Richard would suspect my opposition to him. I’m now in deep with the wolves.
Richard showed his true colors. He makes for the throne, and he has gained a following of those easily corrupted. He sent me on the most evil errand; to claim Lady Anne for his Queen. None of us are ignorant to the implications of this, and that knowledge made my job all the more difficult. We at least sent the rest of Elizabeth’s kin to safety, and Lord Dorset to Richmond to fight. Unfortunately, I had to inform slightly to keep my intentions concealed from Richard. I believe that he is not fooled.
Richard has taken George hostage, he asserted it so after my report on Richmond. I have no choice now, I must do what I can to aid my son, else the entire kingdom and Richmond’s brother George succumb to Richard’s evil. I will meet with Richmond tonight. There is much I must tell him before the clash of war sounds again…
Lord Stanley is played by Junior Ryan Farrel, who also wrote this post.