[SCA-AE] A Letter from King Richard
fridrikr at rochester.rr.com
Thu Feb 4 21:25:07 EST 2010
Read it all, if you dare......
Begin forwarded message:
> From: Amanda Lord <librarianlord at yahoo.com>
> Date: February 4, 2010 8:31:52 PM EST
> To: pbardic <pbardic at minstrel.com>
> Subject: [Pbardic] Offal
> Richard I, by the grace of God, august King of England, sends his most kind greetings.
> Because I know that you especially desire to hear from me and to learn the state of my prosperity, I think it fitting to first tell you of this.
> Due to our most precarious state, I ask that you maintain the utmost secrecy regarding this sensitive correspondence.
> I have hidden in France a large sum of foreign gold worth at least 300,000 pounds silver. Regretfully, I find myself unable to convey this wealth back to England. To be brief, I have been imprisoned in Germany due to a hostile regime. In addition to the indignity of false imprisonment, Henry VI has demanded an unreasonably cruel ransom of 65,000 pounds silver.
> Therefore, I offer the following arrangement. If you will send the ransom of 65,000 pounds silver to Henry VI, on my release I shall procure the aforementioned gold. On our return to England, you shall receive one half of the foreign gold I carry. Let my seal on this letter be proof of my honesty in this matter. Once more, I would entreat you to maintain the secrecy of this matter to better ensure that we return with the gold without interference.
> In brief therefore, God willing, I shall return to England. I render to you the gratitude which you deserve for the very great fidelity which you have shown to me. And with the full intention of worthily rewarding your services, I ask you to continue the same.
> Aoife, feeling ... umm... inspired by those curious Nigerian fellows & taking a break from practicing for K&Q Bardic. Opening & closing phrasing stolen ruthlessly from King Conrad of Germany:http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/source/1148conrad2.html
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