12. Chapter Twelve
Dear Richard, Duke of Gloucester,
I thank you kindly for the response to my letter I had sent you. Though I am delighted at the offer to join you in London, I must politely refuse, I have been requested to go to Paris to serve in the Queen’s court as a kinswoman, and I have happily accepted this position that has been offered to me with grace and joy.
I have been in Paris for nearing a month and all was well, though the Queen, you most beautiful cousin said something of great concern to me, she questioned my loyalty and said to ensure I stayed loyal to France. I do not know what it means; I am frightened for you, your Grace. I fear she speaks of an invasion to the English coast.
I would pray you seek refuse in France though I am afraid you are considered a traitor by my Lord Father, he has persuaded the King to have you charged with treason against the French throne, and your cousin the Queen is becoming much of an enemy to the people thanks to your doing and the subject of much gossip.
I am concerned that my Mother has recently arrive in Paris out of the blue, I do not know why she has come to visit though yesterday she accused me of conspiring alongside the Queen against the French throne.
How is you new life, you wife is well I pray, and the gossip coming from across the channel informs me she is pregnant. Congratulations.
I send all of my love across the ocean to you in London, and to your darling wife, what was her name again? Does it matter anymore? No, it does not. Write to me again soon my dear, I miss you most awfully.
Lady Henriette of Bourbon