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HOW PETER MET THE SPANIARD
JOHN CASTELL
PETER GATHERS VIOLETS
LOVERS DEAR
CASTELL'S SECRET
FAREWELL
NEWS FROM SPAIN
D'AGUILAR SPEAKS
THE SNARE
THE CHASE
THE MEETING ON THE SEA
FATHER HENRIQUES
THE ADVENTURE OF THE INN
INEZ AND HER GARDEN
PETER PLAYS A PART
BETTY SHOWS HER TEETH
THE PLOT
THE HOLY HERMANDAD
BETTY PAYS HER DEBTS
ISABELLA OF SPAIN
BETTY STATES HER CASE
THE DOOM OF JOHN CASTELL
FATHER HENRIQUES AND THE BAKER'S OVEN
THE FALCON STOOPS
HOW THE _MARGARET_ WON OUT TO SEA
ENVOI

Holy Hermandad. 

 

At once they were brought forward, and stood in a line in front of the 

dais, while the officer began to read the charge against them. 

 

"Stay, friend," interposed the queen, "these accused are the subjects 

of our good brother, Henry of England, and may not understand our 

language, though one of them, I think"--and she glanced at Castell--"was 

not born in England, or at any rate of English blood. Ask them if they 

need an interpreter." 

 

The question was put, and all of them answered that they could speak 

Spanish, though Peter added that he did so but indifferently. 

 

"You are the knight, I think, who is charged with the commission of this 

crime," said Isabella, looking at him. 

 

"Your Majesty, I am not a knight, only a plain esquire, Peter Brome of 

Dedham in England. My father was a knight, Sir Peter Brome, but he fell 

at my side, fighting for Richard, on Bosworth Field, where I had this 

wound," and he pointed to the scar upon his face, "but was not knighted 

for my pains." 

 

Isabella smiled a little, then asked: 

 

"And how came you to Spain, Senor Peter Brome?" 

 

"Your Majesty," answered Peter, Margaret helping from time to time when 

he did not know the Spanish words, "this lady at my side, the daughter 

of the merchant John Castell who stands by her, is my affianced----" 

 

"Then you have won the love of a very beautiful maiden, Senor," 

interrupted the queen; "but proceed." 

 

"She and her cousin, the Senora Dene, were kidnapped in London by one 

who I understand is the nephew of the King Ferdinand, and an envoy to 

the English court, who passed there as the Senor d'Aguilar, but who in 

Spain is the Marquis of Morella." 

 

"Kidnapped! and by Morella!" exclaimed the queen. 

 

"Yes, your Majesty, cozened on board his ship and kidnapped. The Senor 

Castell and I followed them, and, boarding their vessel, tried to rescue 

them, but were shipwrecked at Motril. The marquis carried them away to 

Granada, whither we followed also, I being sorely hurt in the shipwreck. 

There, in the palace of the marquis, we have lain prisoners many weeks, 

but at length escaped, purposing to come to Seville and seek the 

protection of your Majesties. On the road, while we were dressed as 

Moors, in which garb we compassed our escape, we were attacked by men 

that we thought were bandits, for we had been warned against such evil 

people. One of them rudely molested the Dona Margaret, and I cut him 

down, and by misfortune killed him, for which manslaughter I am here 


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