All Of Your Mistakes

When Lady Henriette discovers her husband to be, Duke Richard of Gloucester, is secretly married she feels upset and betrayed to say the least. The Lady, daughter to the most powerful man in France, besides the King himself, the Duke of Bourbon, is also not too impressed. Bourbon advises both the French and English King to turn their backs on the young Duke for treason to both countries. Having fled his fiancée Henriette for a young maid, Richard is alone, his Father is furious. An alliance between France and England is long awaited. With nowhere to run Richard turned to Henriette for help. She offers him some, but not the kind of help Richard desired. Cover beautifully made courtesy of Coverbatch. Historical

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9. Chapter Nine

My dearly beloved Henriette,

My dearest darling, please I am begging that you to forgive me. I know you are angry with me and frankly I cannot blame you. What I have done is unforgivable; I have broken the sacred bond that is God given between a husband and wife. And that, my dear, is unforgiveable, I am ashamed, I am disgusted and embarrassed of what I have done.

I must tell you the truth, though you may choose not to read this, and I cannot blame you. Though I do beg you read my letter and acknowledge my most humble of apologies. I will beg and grovel and plead for you Henriette, just so you know the truth.
I am sure you have been told that I have married another, the whole of my country seems to know and yours at that. Though things are not, like usual, as simple as they seem.

I did wed, I am still wed. My wife, I did not want to marry her. I cannot tell you by letter the details of the ordeal which lead to me being married to another but I desire so to see you. I would come to you in France but I have been warned against it by both you and a mutual friend.

My Father, the King, is furious, an alliance between France and England is long awaited and now it seems unlikely one will happen for a fair few years to come unless our children choose to wed.

Please, I beg you come to London and see me, I am being kept inside the tower until the disgrace has died down, I cannot send money to you though I am sure getting to London will be no problem for a Lady as wealthy as yourself.

If there is one thing you take from this letter I pray it be that I am truly sorry, if you can, please come to London to see me though I know this may be a difficult but I must see you again.
I hope you do not think ill of me though I cannot blame you if you do. Please send a letter to the London Docks, I will have someone pick it up, though I am a traitor to the throne I still have many friends and loyal subjects who will pass these letters and go between us.

The Duke Richard of Gloucester
 

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