At Easter, Merlin is still not of a mind to go to the coronation, but
when he is commanded by the king, he prepares to go. The messenger who
brings the command has ridden four days without stopping and has hurt
his wrist in a fall from one of his horses. Merlin makes him come into
the cave to bind his wound and allow time to rest and eat. While the messenger
The command from Uther spells trouble since the king had sworn he wanted
nothing to do with Merlin's prophecies. But Merlin knows that.........
New names in this chapter: Ygraine, the young wife of Gorlois,
to whom Uther is greatly attracted
Once they arrive in London, Merlin recognizes that Cadal was right: here is real trouble. When he is brought before Uther, the king is in his dressing gown and angry that it took Merlin so long to get there. In actuality, the four day ride was record speed. The king is obviously agitated about something.
Uther tells Merlin about his desire for Gorlois' wife who the Duke has
heavily guarded. Uther says that the moment he was.........
Uther's utter infatuation with Ygraine, the merging of the two dragons
in Merlin's vision, the Duke seeking out Merlin, and Ygraine's request
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