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The Maiden Bride
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Ascencioun"For that is called thyne, That thou dost hold of thy King."
--Crowley, c.1550Chapter 1Maidenstone Castle, Wessex April 1153 A.D.
She knew the castle could not hold out for long. Too many soldiers came over the hill. They poured in an unending wave, following the fluttering red pennant that depicted two black bears battling.But in spite of that, Linnea de Valcourt spat defiantly past the solid stone crenellation, denying the frightening possibility of anything but a quick, decisive victory for the castle."The fools. They but waste their time--and