Highlighted evidence of research I, King Edward the III, am quite unimpressed. There is talk of a disease, a pestilence is too farfetched to believe. Culture Life Church I received a letter from Baron Darcy de Knayth about a disease he called ‘The Black Death’. His wife fell sick last week with a fever. Apparently her skin grew black lumps, which the barber cut to try to purify her blood. She was talking in tongues and talking about her dead mother and suddenly died. All in a very quick period of less than two nightfalls. She was a god fearing woman, may she rest in peace. Some of the Lords to the south had complained that their peasants were quickly dying due to a sickness we had never seen. They have been concerned about the serfs not completing their responsibilities and the lack of food for the coming winter. I will admit to not paying much attention to these concerns, but now that a true believer had died, I will need to consider if this illness is real. Those peasants had better remember their place in our blessed society. Without my protection, they would have nothing. My knights and armies protect their way of living. It’s God’s will and I will have to ensure they are still paying their tithes to the church as well as fulfilling their expectations at the manors. Perhaps I should organise a tournament to distract the people from this discussion of the dead. While it is on, I can remind the people that the Lord looks over us and that the Church will ensure that he will watch over us and we will not suffer as long as we follow his teachings. The knights need a change to practice their fighting skills. We have not had a tournament since we returned from fighting the French in battle. I’d best send a messenger to see if this ‘black death’ has affected our holdings at Calais. After fulfilling God’s wishes and taking over some of the French land, it would be a shame to lose it if these suggestions are true. I was so successful in doing God’s work that I was offered the role of Holy Roman Empire by the Church. All this talk to death has made me nervous. I’d best send off the messenger and after I complete the letter I think I will go hunting. Christopher! Will you bring my quill and parchment please!