A Concordance for John M. Ford's The Dragon Waiting
[Dec 1479 - Jan 1480] 11. Transgressions

Years ago, during one of the German-Danish wars, Gregory von Bayern rode as Gunner-und-Sprengsfachritter in a minor's court's minor army.

German, "gunnery and explosives specialist."

The German-Danish border region (Schleswig and Holstein) was the subject of continual military fuss from TDW's era until modern times.

The Count fancied black livery for all his men (and women, because he also maintained a company from the Rheintal order of Valkyries).

Women in military orders were mentioned on p176, but this seems to be an all-female order. Rheintal is a region of Switzerland.

Eventually, he heard, the expense of black horses ruined the Count, but it was widely said that he had failed as a true artist, and also that he now sought someone to infect him with vampirism.

The Count was something of a Goth. As he was in Saxony (eastern Germany), that would be counted as a horrible pun today. 1983 might or might not be too early for that to be an intended pun. ("Goths" as a subculture label was just emerging then, although "Gothic rock" as a musical genre appeared earlier.)

Now it was another blue December day, and Gregory was riding among five hundred soldiers all in black: the entourage of King Edward V, at the gates of London. [...] The King was dead, as the saying went, long live the King.

Repeating the first sentence of chapter 10 (p265). Note that it is still December of 1479; Edward has been dead for at most two months.

[...] they were met by a group of men in scarlet: the Mayor and his aldermen. [...] Then another tide of color flowed from the gates: citizens, tradesmen, and guildsmen, dressed in deep violet that still seemed bright against the black the King's party wore.

This color-coded mob is straight out of contemporary accounts.

And the king drawing nere unto the citie, upon the .iiii. day of Maye, was of the maior and his citizeins met at Harnesey parke, the maior and his brethren beyng clothed in scarlet, and the citezins in violet to the nomber of .v.C. horses, and than from thence conueyed unto the citie, the kinge beynge in blewe veluet, and all his lordes and seruauntes in blacke cloth, [...]

Fabyan's Chronicle, p513

"Do you see, Your Grace," Hastings said, presumably addressing Edward, "the device upon the hilt? It is a Woodville badge," he said, loud enough to be heard in Windsor.

Hastings neatly stages a story of a planned coup by Rivers, with Richard as the King's Protector and hero. It's a simple piece of theater, but the crowd accepts it uncritically.

Our history:

The scene occurred as described, except that Richard was not surprised by it; he was a participant, if not the originator of the idea.

See also: p291 (disarmed)

"There are people who call you a Scotsman, Richard," Hastings said. "In truth, that's a compliment beside some of the things said in council. They were looking at the country as ravens see a carcass. It was necessary that they be disarmed... in one fashion, or another."

Richard nodded slowly. "Well. After seeing what Rivers had in his mind, I can't say you were wrong... Surely you didn't know--"

Hastings explains the business with the weapons (p290). Note that everyone still accepts that Rivers threatened Edward's life.

"I knew something was wrong when the council proposed [Rivers] bring all the men he could muster: there would have been six thousand -- ten, possibly." Hastings scowled. "I had to threaten to go to Calais, taking every ship and document I could find. [...]"

That is, he had to threaten to keep Rivers to the thousand-man limit he asked for (p265). This occurred in our history as well.

"[...] Was Edward murdered?"

"No, Richard. It was a sudden apoplexy, and natural, as I have cause to know. [...]"

[...] Hastings had ten years and a handsbreadth of height over Richard, and now he took the full effect of both. "It happened that Edward and I were together in chambers, that night, with Elizabeth--"

"With the Queen?"

"With Mistress Shore," Hastings said, unshaken. "'Jane,' as some call her."

An apoplexy is a stroke. Hastings and Richard are of course unaware of the scheme that Morton and Buckingham carried out (p257, p260).

Our history:

Elizabeth "Jane" Shore was King Edward's lover. After his death, she may have taken up with Hastings, but this is unproven.

In TDW, Hastings was obviously involved with both Edward and Jane Shore, although this is not common knowledge.

(The Queen is also named Elizabeth -- thus the brief confusion.)

The messenger was an Italian diplomat, Dominic Mancini. He wore a fawn-colored gown with restrained gold embroidery, and half-eyeglasses. His English was extremely precise, his manner one of courtly embarrassment.

Introduces Mancini.

Our history:

Dominic Mancini was in London when these events were taking place. However, he does not seem to have been fluent in English, so the report he wrote (which is one of our main historic sources) contains a great deal of recounted rumor and hearsay.

Since Mancini's report describes a great deal of anti-Ricardian sentiment, his grasp (or lack) of English was a significant point in the historical arguments for and against Richard. Ford is gesturing at that point.

"The Queen insisted the King's special physician be an Italian," Hastings said. "But Rivers did not bring him, nor the Queen select him. I did. He arrived a few days ago; his name is Argentine, John Argentine."

Queen Elizabeth's request was mentioned on p280.

Note that in our history, Argentine was English, not Italian.

Dimitrios said "Your pardon, lord, but you say [Mancini] is from Genova?"

"Yes, the University there. That's where Doctor Argentine is from as well."

Richard said "Is something wrong, Dimitrios?"

"No, sir. Just the opposite. Genova is not a Byzantine province."

Dimi's worry is too quickly discarded; see p312.

The claim that Genova (Genoa) is not Byzantine seems to contradict Lorenzo's assertion (p72) that only three Northern Italian states were free of Byzantium. At that point, Milan, Florence, and Urbino were all still independent, which leaves no room for Genova. This appears to be an inconsistency on the author's part.

See also: p319 (free state)

"It is the vote and ordinance of this council, therefore, that the Duke of Gloucester shall be called Protector of the Realm, and have in his charge the safety and protection of King Edward the Fifth, [...]"

Our history:

This occurred on May 10th, 1483.

TODO: Locate original document? (Not in Rot. Parl.)

"I won't take that from you, Hastings," Buckingham said, rather pleasantly. "The Queen's family didn't force you to marry their leavings. Bring my wife into this and I'll bring in your mistress: isn't Jane Shore the spiciest of scraps from a royal table?"

Buckingham was married to Catherine Woodville, the Queen's sister. The marriage was arranged when he was a boy, and he resented it. Hastings, as he said earlier (p291-292), is involved with Edward's mistress Jane Shore -- although she was not a discarded mistress, as Buckingham assumes.

"My lord wizard," Richard said, manner cool.

"My lord Protector. I have a gift for the King... by your leave, of course?" He held out the jar. "Strawberries from my garden. Picked this morning. The King's physician suggested that fruit would be healthy for him."

Our history:

John Morton really did grow strawberries at his home in Holborn.

Shakespeare's plays:

Richard asks Morton (the Bishop of Ely, at that point) to send for some strawberries, while he plots to have Hastings arrested and executed. (Richard III, act 3, scene 4.)

Recall that when Cynthia first saw Morton, she was reminded of a giant strawberry (p252).

"[...] I'm sure the King will enjoy them."

The wizard laughed. "My berries have a better reputation than that! I only hope he does not develop a rash."

"If he does," Buckingham said sardonically, "you can expect an arrest for black sorcery."

See p331. Morton is making a private joke; and Buckingham's joke will turn out not to be.

Dimitrios said "Can these actually be... strawberries? In January?"

Hastings said "Doctor Morton's gardens are most remarkable." Richard said "Doctor Morton's most remarkable. He's been on councils since Henry the Idiot's time; doesn't look over sixty, does he? [...]"

Note that a few weeks have passed since the beginning of the chapter (p289). Also, Morton seems to have had a birthday since Halloween (p253).

In our history, in which Edward died in April, the maneuvering that led to Hastings's death ran into June. Strawberries, as described by Shakespeare (p294), would have been possible.

In TDW history, it is January, and Morton has certainly used wizardry in his garden. (See also p304, p335.)

An ancient Tower porter, wearing a gown and tabard that looked three or four reigns out of date, [...]

Introduces Giles.

"This must be a great honor for you, Uncle," Edward said. Dimi saw an extraordinary weariness in Edward's look, fear in his eyes. "You will be pleased to hear that we do not hate you."

Edward refers back to his comment about hatred (p286, p287).

There was another peculiar circumstance, here, now, and he thought about speaking -- but it was the Duke of Buckingham's habit to state the painfully obvious, and he merely put the jar on a table and took out his knife to cut the seals.

"I'll do--" Argentine began to say, [...]

Argentine wants to open the jar himself, although he drops the subject immediately and nobody notices. See p304.

The "peculiar circumstance" that Dimi notices is not so painfully obvious to the rest of us. (Ford's writing style in a nutshell.) We will find it is that Argentine is a vampire. (On p304, although we don't confirm that Dimi realized this until p311.)

"[...] Further make clear that the Duke will not be in a secret sanctuary, but in the Royal apartments, available to view. And tell the Queen that Doctor Argentine approves strongly of the idea."

Richard is trying to get Edward's brother out of Elizabeth's hands; but also, as we will see, hoping that Dimi can track down her hiding place.

The emphasis on "secret sanctuary" is a sharp comment to Elizabeth on her defensive position. But it also gestures at a controversy in our history: whether Richard was secreting the young princes in a prison when he moved them to the Tower of London.

Today the Tower is remembered as a prison and a treasure-vault. Shakespeare used it as a dark herald of the princes' fate in Richard III (act 3, scene 1.) However, the Tower was also a royal residence until the 1600s. There would have been nothing specifically suspicious about Edward and his brother staying there. It was their removal from public view, and eventual disappearance, which led to so much speculation.

Richard said that an attempt to merely discover Elizabeth Woodville's sanctuary was no breach of an oath against entering it.

This oath was one of the concessions Richard made (p294) to get Woodville support for his Protectorship.

That distinction did not concern Dimitrios; another did. But he told himself that he was not spying, not committing frauds of himself. He was hunting [...]

Although we have not seen it, Dimi appears to have resolved never to become a spy.

He certainly felt betrayed by spies as a child (p59), but he showed no such specific reluctance in Scotland (p215). His intention now may be a reaction to that mission, and its catastrophic failure (at the hands of yet another spy, p225-226). In any case, this scene will muddy that resolve.

Dimi was faintly aware of the smell of acid and leather as he crossed Cordwainer Street, as a brachet may know there is a hare in the woods without abandoning the problem of the hart.

A brachet is a type of hunting hound.

A cordwainer makes shoes (thus the smell of leather). However, this may also be a reference to the SF author Cordwainer Smith (Paul Linebarger), who worked in military intelligence all his life.

Mancini was crossing the huge plaza surrounding the London Pantheon, making for the artless complex itself. Damn you, Dimi thought, and at the same time, How clever.

Clever because a Pantheon (unlike a Christian cathedral) has many halls, dedicated to the many gods of its culture. It is therefore easy to hide in, and hard to follow someone through.

Our history:

Elizabeth and her family (including the Duke of York) took sanctuary in Westminster Abbey after Edward IV died.

"Parliament has set the Coronation for three weeks from now; there'll be a week's celebrating with the Iambolc feast to finish it off. Elizabeth has to come out for the Coronation, after all."

Iambolc is the beginning of February (see p244). It is therefore the first week of January, 1480 AD. The coronation will be roughly January 25th.

Our history:

Edward's coronation was set for June 24th. (In our history, as in TDW, it was never carried through.)

Dimi said "The state may make no law that favors a faith. Since not all faiths have a law of inviolability, such a law would favor those that do. In the end... it was decreed by Justinian, after the last Tarsite riots, that if the gods wished to keep sanctuary they would themselves punish its violators. He said, 'Let those who would be safe in their gods pray, and keep a spear sharp.'"

Further consequences of the Doctrine of Julian (p33). Note that Richard is considering Byzantine law, even though England is not under Byzantine rule. Possibly England has legally adopted the Empire's religious principles. Or possibly the Pantheon is considered Byzantine territory in some sense, which would be politically provocative to violate. (Although, if that were the case, it is unlikely that English legal ceremonies would be set there.)

I cannot find any reference in our history to riots in Tarsus, in the era of Justinian. (It was of course the site of many events of Christian history, such as the birth of St. Paul.) Justinian is famously associated with the Nika Riot, but that occurred in Constantinople (see p379-380).

Richard nodded. "You see, my father broke sanctuaries, and asked Thor to strike him if he did wrong. Edward did the same. No doubt Elizabeth thinks no better of me."

Recall that King Henry did not take such liberties with his honor (p177). Richard and Edward, and their mother, benefitted from this; so it was rather hypocritical of Edward to act differently.

"[...] I want you to get one of those letters itself, and look it over."

Dimi thought it was the perfect punishment detail: making him spy again.

See p297.

In this entire scene, Dimi carries himself with self-contempt -- ostensibly for failing to follow Mancini, but it likely goes deeper than that. He is attempting to hold his self-worth steady on his service to Richard, and it is not working. And note that Richard does not encourage Dimi in this; if anything, he very gently tries to dissuade him.

When the light failed, he thought, he would dress, and cross London to Baynard's Castle. Wetherby would let him in, and see that he had some blood from the kitchen. Some animal's blood.

Baynard's Castle is the residence of Cecily Neville, Duchess of York (p174). Hugh Wetherby is her butler.

One of his kind had called it "the perfection." "Why on earth would you resist it? You fill your body with garbage, but the body knows its own. Men don't eat grass, but the cattle that graze on it; vrykolaka do not drink from cattle--"

Vrykolakas is a Greek term for a vampire-like walking corpse. "Vrykolaka" appears to be a typo; the correct plural is vrykolakes.

Gregory has been eating normal food until now. But there have been other signs that his metabolism is changing: his hunger has been rising faster than he expects (p268). This may be a normal progression for vampires, or it may be because he has feeding more often than was his habit (p268).

Our history:

"Perfection" was a notion of the Catharists, a medieval Gnostic sect. Perfection consisted of rejecting the material world. The most dedicated Catharists, called the Perfecti, were ascetics and did not eat meat or dairy.

See also: p329 (humankind alone)

"Leave? Where for?"

"To... the Duchess Cecily's house. I was offered... her hospitality, as we all were. [...]"

[...] He wondered if Dimitrios had caught him in his lie.

Gregory was not lying about going to Baynard's Castle; that was his intent (p300). But he allowed Dimi to believe that he was changing his living quarters, not just visiting to borrow a cup of blood. It is not clear, however, why the distinction matters to him.

See also: p309 (quiet house)

[...] he thought: Pliny's Transposition.

If he had to encipher a long letter every few weeks, transmitted long distances so that keywords could not be readily exchanged, it would be the system of choice...

No ciphers are particularly associated with the famous Roman Plinys. (Although Pliny the Elder described an invisible ink.) However, in 1859 of our history, a man named Pliny Earle Chase invented a "fractionating" cipher which Gregory's description could plausibly apply to.

By the time he reached the gates, the Heinzelmännchen would have begun kicking holes in the word-lattice building up in his mind.

See p205.

By the time Gregory was finished, and dawn was lightening the window, he knew a great deal about the loyalties of a great many persons. And one for whom loyalty was not the issue at all. And he knew whom Margaret of Anjou had seen in his face.

Margaret saw Gregory on p160, and seemed to be seeing a vampire. Mancini's secret message now reveals who that was: see p304.

As for the rest of Gregory's discoveries, see p312 and p335.

Argentine stopped. He was still smiling. "I have had guns pointed at me, Professor von Bayern. In fact, I have been shot with them."

"I also," Gregory said. "However, this gun was built by me. It uses fulminate locks, which are touchy but never miss fire. It fires two cylindrical bullets, three-quarters of an inch in diameter; the bullets are sawn radially to expand and splinter. [...]"

Argentine admits, indirectly, that he is a vampire. (And thus the one revealed in Mancini's letter, and thus the one whom Margaret was allied with -- p160.)

"Fulminate locks" are gun-primers of chemical explosive, rather than the flint or matchcord locks of more primitive guns. The bullets Gregory describes would be called "dum-dums" in our era; they cause very large wounds.

Our history:

According to our legendry, bullets with a cross cut into them are good for hunting vampires. The expanding property of nose-cut bullets is sometimes given as a real-world basis for those legends. Similarly, silver bullets expand when striking flesh, because silver is a soft metal; the same logic can be applied.

See also: p310 (firelocks)

[Argentine] gestured toward the jar on the table. "Do you mind if I finish opening that? I think it'll interest you." He picked up the shears. "This has to be done properly: break the lead and it'll be full of strawberries. Ah. Ecco esso, professore!"

Gregory could smell it as soon as Argentine lifted the lid: warm, fresh, human blood.

Ecco esso, professore! Italian: "Here it is, professor!"

This is identical to the jar Morton brought (p294), and it explains Argentine's behavior earlier; he wanted to open that jar himself (p296). Dimi didn't know the secret, and got the strawberries instead of the blood.

The trick jars are obviously created by Morton, as a magical way of smuggling blood in for Argentine. They also, as we will see, keep the blood warm, fresh, and liquid.

See also: p331 (blood oranges)

"[Edward will] be all right now," Argentine said. "They said a Ricci of Fiorenza treated him, and I can't believe it -- rare disease, beautiful surgery. But it could not cure him, of course. I know the disease [...] and for this one only I am the cure. Forgive me, Professor. Only we."

("I can't believe it" is presumably a typo for "I can believe it.")

Argentine has infected Edward with vampirism.

Was this part of the original scheme that Buckingham and Morton collaborated on? Morton is certainly involved now. However, Hastings said earlier (p293) that he chose Argentine as Edward's physician. Nothing in the story has made Hastings appear untrustworthy. However again, it is possible that his choice was influenced by magic.

It is also possible that this is all an improvisation -- that Morton met Argentine and saw an even better way to control Edward than he had originally planned.

[Gregory] reached into his bag, produced the translation of Mancini's letter. "We have a great deal of trouble. I hope that these are men you can trust."

Cautiously, the Duke reached for the papers, glanced at them.

"Yes, Professor, they are absolutely loyal to me," Buckingham said, and signaled for his men to close the door.

A very brief palming of the narrative: the reader will at first assume that it is the Duke of Gloucester who has entered, not Buckingham. We now realize that Gregory has tipped his hand to the wrong player.

(The last time Ford did this, it was also with Buckingham's name -- p273.)

They could hear chairs being shifted in the chamber behind the door, and voices being raised; [...]

Our history:

This, offstage, is the scene in which Richard sends Morton off for his strawberries, and then barges back in to have Hastings arrested and executed. Dimi and Bennett play the guards who burst in and haul Hastings away.

Shakespeare's plays:

Richard III, act 3, scene 4.

Buckingham stabbed a finger at Hastings. "We have considered you very long, sir, and it is that consideration that has allowed you to carry out your considerable crimes." He swung his finger on Dimi and the troopers. "Take this traitor out and consider him properly!"

[...] Bennett was the only one moving then. He laid both hands on Hastings's blue velvet sleeve, [...]

And indeed Hastings is executed, moments later. The crime he is accused of, as we will see, is King Edward's assassination.

Our history:

In June of 1483, Richard accused Hastings of treason, and had him sent to the Tower for immediate execution. Buckingham supported him in this, but did not give the order.

Richard's reasons are the subject of much historical debate. Possibly he was preparing to take the throne, and acted to remove a powerful politician who was unswervingly loyal to Edward. Possibly Hastings really was involved in some plot with Elizabeth Woodville.

See also: p350 (carpentered)

Dimi was struggling to think. Something seemed to be preventing him, like a hand closed on his mind. He wanted to draw his sword, use it. Surely there must be another traitor here.

As on p281, Dimi is having trouble thinking, Richard is furious, and Buckingham is maneuvering to have people executed. It seems inescapable now that Buckingham is responsible. (Although he will turn out not to be a wizard himself; see p327.)

"Morton," Richard said. "You're doing this."

"I? Good my lord, I prune my gardens with different tools than this."

Richard realizes that someone is using magic, but Morton denies responsibility -- probably honestly. Morton was not present at Northampton (p281).

(Morton does not deny that there is magic. He seems detached from the entire situation; he must be aware of what is going on, but he is neither aiding nor interfering.)

"Hastings and Morton..." He stared out the window. "Hastings and Morton killed Edward. I just learned it last night."

This story certainly comes from Buckingham. Note that although Buckingham appeared carrying sheets of paper (p306), they are not necessarily Gregory's translation of Mancini's report. Buckingham seized that, and has every reason to manipulate what Richard learns.

As we know from p260, it was Morton who killed Edward, but with Buckingham's aid, not Hastings's. Buckingham may be trying to dispose of an ally who is no longer of use. Or, possibly, the accusation may have no force against Morton. It certainly doesn't appear to worry him.

"I thought it was over bloody Calais. And it was just my brother's merry harlot. Well, we'll bring her in as well, and if she's a witch we'll have it out of her."

Morton said calmly, "Mistress Shore isn't a witch, you know. Questioning her would be most unnecessary [...]"

Hastings was the Lieutenant of Calais under Edward. Richard is presumably musing about his earlier suspicions, about what lay behind Rivers's (supposed) coup attempt (see p291). Now, he thinks, he has the real traitor -- Hastings -- in hand, and the motive is simply jealousy.

Our history:

Jane Shore was arrested at the same time as Hastings, and on the same charges -- conspiracy with him and with Elizabeth. She was imprisoned, not executed, and eventually regained her freedom after the King's solicitor became fond of her.

See also: p324 (still in a cell)

Morton swept his hand along the sword. There was a sparkling light as it passed, and then the blade was clean. Morton knelt, rubbed the same hand down Stanley's wounded arm. Then there was no blood there either, nor tear in the fabric of Stanley's sleeve.

(Stanley was wounded by Dimi during the confusion, p307.)

Morton goes out of his way to magically clean away the blood, and apparently heal Stanley's arm. (The latter is not stated, but seems to be the case.) Either collecting blood is valuable for his own purposes, or for the jars he makes (p304).

It is also possible that the blood powers his healing spell; that could be implied by the use of the "same hand." (We know, from p253, that Morton's healing has a price in suffering.)

Our history:

Thomas More's account describes Stanley being wounded in the head.

Stanley was arrested along with Hastings, as was Morton. However, Richard soon let Stanley go free, and gave him high office in hopes of securing his loyalty. (Futile hopes, ultimately; see p368.)

"We've read Mancini's letters," Buckingham said. "They've unmasked this whole conspiracy: Hastings, Morton, their supporters... even the Queen is involved." He fanned the papers he was holding.

"But Cynthia? And Hywel?"

Buckingham said "Your Professor has not deciphered the entire message yet. But they are definitely mentioned, in connection with Wales."

Again, Buckingham is using his own version of Gregory's translation (see p307); there is no reason to believe anything he says. However, he is also using a version of the truth; he knows that Cynthia and Hywel became involved in Wales (p260).

"And the rest of Rivers's offices?" Buckingham said, bluff as always.

"Rivers won't be needing them," Richard said. "There'll be a rider to Tyrell this afternoon."

Richard orders the execution of Rivers at Pontefract (and of Vaughan, Grey, and Haute; see p286).

Buckingham, of course, is doing very well out of the turmoil.

See also: p334 (death ordered)

[...] Dimitrios paused and said to Gloucester, "I hope you will send my thanks to your mother, for the quiet of her house?"

Richard nodded absently, then looked up, with a puzzled expression; he shook his head dismissively and waved farewell [...]

Dimi is thanking Richard on Gregory's behalf; Gregory said he was going to Cecily's house for the quiet (p302). Richard is unaware of this, because Gregory was captured before he left or talked to anyone except Buckingham. Both Dimi and Richard, unfortunately, miss the discrepancy.

Dimi said "Mancini was reporting to the Eastern Empire, wasn't he?"

Buckingham nearly dropped the ring of keys in his hand. "How did you know that?"

"I should have known it sooner, much sooner." And maybe I did, he thought, but I didn't want to be a spy.

Dimi's distaste for spying was described on p297.

Clearly Buckingham's edited version of the letter did not mention that Mancini was spying for Byzantium.

"Then [Morton] must have been the one she thought she saw, when..." He was trying to remember what Hywel had said. And Gregory had been there too. "You said Doctor Argentine was not one of them," he said, feeling suddenly very cold, "but I'm certain he must be. Some remaining part of Mancini's letter must mention him--"

Dimi now comes to the same conclusion as Gregory did (p304); Margaret saw Hywel and Gregory as Morton and Argentine, back on p160.

(Morton matches Margaret's description of a political survivor; see p295. And Argentine is a vampire, matching Gregory.)

Buckingham has already offered up Morton as a traitor (p307), but he obviously does not want Argentine implicated. (Note that Buckingham's statement about Argentine did not occur in our view.)

Dimi was about to jump for him anyway, but then he recognized the weapon, knew he could not hope its firelocks would fail.

Gregory's gun (p304).

Long ago, in Gaul, Dimi owed his life to a misfiring gun; see p58.

They had put Clarence in the Bloody Tower. And then bricked it up.

The name is a small anachronism; it was called the "Garden Tower" at this point in history. The name "Bloody Tower" may have arisen as a reference to the deaths of the Princes in the Tower, which have not (quite) yet occurred in the narrative. Alternatively, the term may date from the suicide of Henry Percy in 1585.

(Possibly the term exists in TDW history as a reference to vampires. Dimi mused (p299) that the Tower must have some system for feeding vampires kept at hand, or imprisoned, by the Crown.)

Note that George was not walled in alive; his cell was sealed after his execution (p195).

Shakespeare's plays:

In Richard III, one of the murderers decides to (temporarily) hide George's body in "some hole" after they drown him. (Act 1, scene 4).

Our history:

George and Isabel are buried in Tewkesbury Abbey.

"[...] Dimitrios, you had seen the doctor, had you not? Did you not notice he was one of my kind?"

"Yes. But I... I suppose I knew you too well, and I thought..."

This is the "peculiar circumstance" that Dimi noticed on p296. But his early distrust of vampires (p113) has been worn down -- too far, it turns out.

"Hastings did not kill anyone," Gregory said, "nor the Shore woman. Hastings was treating secretly with the Queen Elizabeth, not trusting Mancini entirely. Mancini was outliving his usefulness, I think; that is why he wrote such a long and detailed letter."

"Which Buckingham is using only selected parts of."

"[...] I organized my deciphered text in a manner that would have made such use easy. German scholar at work."

"Then Hywel and Cynthia--"

"There was no mention of them. [...]"

We finally get the full truth about Mancini's letter. Note that Hastings had a secret after all; and it was the one which may have been true in our history as well (see p306-307). But he was not involved with Byzantium. (He mistrusted Mancini in his public role as Elizabeth's messenger, not as the Byzantine spy.)

But then who was the one Gregory noted (p303) was not motivated by loyalty? It can't have been Buckingham, because he wasn't in the letter (p312). Argentine and Morton are the remaining major players; but we know little about their loyalties as yet.

(Morton will prove to be the best answer to that; see p335.)

"But Mancini was writing to the Byzantine spymaster in Genova -- his name is Angelo Cato, if we are ever able to make use of that -- about master plans. Suppose that Buckingham is not part of that plan."

"But we know he's allied with them."

"Perhaps they have not told him he is not a part."

We learned earlier (p293) that Genova (Genoa) is not under Byzantine domination, but of course they would have agents there.

Our history:

Mancini wrote about the events surrounding Richard's accession to Angelo Cato, an archbishop in France and a counselor of King Louis.

Note that Mancini was writing openly to Cato; it was only the contents of the letters that was hidden. So Cato's tradecraft was imperfect. He should have had the letters go through a third party, so that his own secrecy was not predicated on Mancini's.

It is also curious that he is called "Angelo"; this is a Christian-derived name which should not be common in TDW history. The other Angelo of our history who shows up in TDW is Angelo Poliziano, as "Arturo" (see p65).

(Although, really, most of the names familiar from English history -- John, James, Anne, and so on -- were taken from the Christian bible. In TDW history, they should exist only as obscure Jewish forms. I take their presence as a concession to comprehensibility.)

See also: p328 (none of it)

Gregory said "I' dacht', i' hört die Schlüssel."

German: "I thought I heard the keys."

"I have some pins. Up my sleeve, like a conjuror. [...]"

Gregory has been carrying the pins around since p266. On p269 they allowed him to feed on Elayne. Now, by freeing Dimi, the pins will allow Gregory to restrain himself from feeding.

See also: p323 (too much blood)