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Eleanor said firmly, and she did know for she had been in Caen when the English archers, disobeying their King, had swarmed across the bridge and laid the town waste.
Will Skeat himself, his one-time com- mander and friend, was stranded in Caen, and Thomas had no knowledge whether Will still lived or, if he did, whether he could speak or understand or even walk.
He wrote a difficult letter to Sir Guillaume which told how his daughter had died and begging for any news of Will Skeat whom Sir Guillaume had taken to Caen to be treated by Mordecai, the Jewish doctor.
The English had killed thousands in Caen, then burned farms, mills and villages in a great swathe east and north.
They went up to Caen on the tide, arriving in the morning, and once they were ashore Father Pascal offered Thomas and Robbie a blessing, then hitched up his shabby robe and began walking east to Paris.
Robbie stared in awe at the destruction on Ile Saint Jean, the newest part of Caen, which had suffered most from the English sack.
Thomas had never been to Evecque and, though it was not far from Caen, some of the peasants they asked had never heard of it, but when Thomas asked which way the soldiers had been going during the winter they pointed on southwards.
Thomas reckoned that Sir Guillaume would be in a hurry when he reached Caen and would not want to waste time coaxing horses onto the Pentecost, therefore he spent the day haggling about prices for the two stallions and that night, flush with money, he and Robbie returned to the tavern.
The English had captured Caen the previous summer, then occupied the city just long enough to rape its women and plunder its wealth.
They had left Caen battered, bleeding and shocked, but Thomas had stayed when the army marched away.