All his questions answered, Cardinal Richelieu watched in grim satisfaction as Lady Morgana’s desperate struggles finally subsided. The latest of the Queen’s beautiful and seductive spies, Lady Morgana had come dangerously close to uncovering the Cardinal’s plot to assassinate the King and seize the throne.

Turning to the executioner, “Lady Morgana’s disappearance would raise too many awkward questions at court. Kindly ask Lady de Winter to assist you in the restoration of Lady Morgana’s clothing and dump her Ladyship’s corpse in the Seine before morning.” An evil smile slowly appeared on the Cardinal’s face as he continued, “And Pierre, assuming the Queen foolishly declines my marriage proposal, please make the Iron Maiden ready to entertain her.”