7. Chapter Seven
Dear my supposed most loyal Duke of Gloucester,
How you have betrayed me so, I felt in my deepest of heart that you were the loyal and handsome and generous Duke that I had been told of, but I was wrong. So clearly I was wrong to think you could ever stay true to me. In my heart now, there is nothing but emptiness left inside of me. I beg you tell me how you could do such a thing to me. How could you betray me like this, not only the marriage to a woman with no dowry or even a name worth mentioning in conversation, she is no better than a commoner?
My Lord Father and his Majesty are most upset; they have both ridden to discuss matters with my Lady Mother, the Duchess. I fear I may be able to forgive you but I am afraid they will not be so gracious. Take this as a warning, I have known you many years and I have been in court even longer. I know not to trust what is told to me by men, for they can disguise and obscure the truth from me. My good Duke Father and King Uncle will not forgive you; they see your marriage to another as an act against France and the French throne. I am writing to warn you, I pray you do not set foot in my mother country again, and in return I will not set foot in yours.
I did not want it to be this way, I wanted to marry you and live in the English city, in your court, serving at your side, but now you have made that quite impossible for me. But alas, my life will still continue on without you, yes I am broken hearted, yes I have had my future crushed by you and the chance of an alliance between my great nation and yours is looking slimmer by the day. But rest assured my life will still continue without you, it must, for I believe my Lord has me betrothed to marry another, they will not be as tall as you, as handsome or as kind as you have ever been, but with any hope they will be far more loyal than you have been.
I wish you the best of luck with your future; please give my kind regards to your new wife, the Duchess. I hope you both live a perfect life together.
Yours perhaps once truly
Lady Henriette of Bourbon