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|The Companie of the Duke's Leopards
presented performances of the story of Phillipe De Carteret's imprisonment
and his wife's ride for freedom.
"The De Carteret
Story, 1494"; or "The Baker Plot" -
|Lord Governor Messire Matthew Baker, having already
imprisoned Phillipe De Carteret, is faced by an outraged Lady Berna de la
|Baker has words with Lady de la Fontaine while his guards watch. (168kb)||Lady de la Fontaine's "prattling" drives Governor Baker to anger. (164kb)|
|Governor Baker has Lady de la Fontaine arrested.. (230kb)||Lady Marguerite De Carteret's guard rides in and catches Roger Le Boutillier by surprise. (193kb)||Marguerite follows (riding side-saddle on
Leo, a massive 18.2 hands high horse) and demands to know why Phillipe is
|Governor Baker calms his guards after harsh words are said.(171kb)||Governor Baker tells Marguerite that
will face trial by combat (and she rides away vowing to free her husband). (170kb)
|Governor Baker slaps Lady de la Fontaine after she insults him.(108kb)|
|Phillipe and Roger prepare to begin the combat while the Marshal of The Lists, Master Robert De St. Helier watches. (140kb)||Phillipe and Roger fight with great swords. (96kb)
|Combat continues with swords and bucklers. (137kb)|
|and continues.... (1576kb)|
In the interim, with amazing fortitude, Lady Marguerite De Carteret completes two desperate 200-mile cross-country rides - from the harbour of Poole, Dorset, to the King's Court at the Palace of Sheen near Richmond on the River Thames, and then back to the coast - only 4 weeks [at most] after having delivered a baby girl.
|Marguerite's guard rides in to break up the fight.. (88kb)||Marguerite's is hot on her guard's heels. (187kb)||Marguerite orders the combat be ceased in the
King's Name. (143kb)
|Marguerite shows Governor Baker the Letters
Patent from the King.(76kb)
|Marguerite embraces Phillipe... (145kb)||... while her guard watches. (190kb)|