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    Richard had once asked his confessor why, if God wished men to be virtuous, He fashioned their natures in such a way as to make it nearly impossible that they should be so. It had been the priest's less than useful answer that God, in His infinite mercy, never tempted men beyond their ability to bear it.

    Maybe so. In which case, Richard strongly suspected that he'd fallen too far for even God's infinite mercy to reach him. For even now, though he understood with perfect clarity what God wanted from him, though he understood with perfect clarity his duty as a Christian, a husband, a king, though he knew what virtue looked like, Richard's thoughts kept turning away from God, away from his wife, away from his unborn child. Geoffrey filled his mind.

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    "What in God's name was he doing in a tourney? Geoffrey hates tourneys!" The messenger opened his mouth as if to answer, but Richard looked so menacing that he closed it again. "That idiot!" he growled. "Probably trying to impress Philip. How badly is he injured?"

    "Badly, your grace. They said..." The messenger grew pale, expecting another outburst. "They said he might not recover. King Philip says he asks for you."

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    Алиенора побеждает за отсутствием врага

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    His brother loomed over him, caging him in against the wall. "Get to work, princeling," Richard said, his shadow falling over Geoffrey. And at any other time, Geoffrey might have resented it — the order, the tone, the ham-fisted symbolism of being in Richard's literal shadow — but he wanted this and he wanted Richard, and sometimes — seldom, very seldom, just now — he didn't mind being told what to do.

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    Priests pray for enemies, but princes kill- William Shakespeare, Henry VI, Part II

    Geoffrey Plantagenet has thoughts on kingship.

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    "Well, what family doesn't have its ups and downs?"

    A tale of bickering spouses and their bickering children, and the right royal mess they made of everything.

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    None of Henry's children had ever learned to share; in this one thing at least, they were their father's sons.

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    Richard had another sip of his wine. It was an excellent vintage, and no doubt contributed to his mellow good humour this evening, despite his brother's provocations. He hadn't expected Geoffrey to be here - normally tournaments were not his area of interest - and it had been a surprise to see him, but not a completely unpleasant one. "Did they invite you because they lacked a court jester, and thought you might serve?"

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    Eleanor, reimagined in 2018 Bordeaux, changing the French palate for coffee one bean at a time.

    Also, there's Richard.

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    Mothers, like fathers, live in sons.

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    It's barely six and Eleanor has no wine left.

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    The last and most surprising of Eleanor's visitors is her husband.

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    Geoffrey wanted to touch him, he wanted to hurt him, he wanted Richard's hands on him. He did not know whether half the things they did to one another — the fighting, the fucking, a world of small touches and betrayals in between — if they did them out of lust or spite or want or petty malice. He wasn't sure it mattered. He might never see the outside of this tower again, and he still wasn't sure it mattered.

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    Philip just wants to drink wine and talk. Richard just wants to drink wine and throw him out. Geoffrey would probably not have wanted to be trampled by the horse.

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    "You let yourself be fooled because you wanted to be," Geoffrey retorted. "You're like a strand of wool on a spindle - wrap you around my finger, set you spinning, and let you fall so that you do most of the work of twisting yourself up." To most observers, his voice would have sounded even, but Richard could detect a barely-suppressed tremor in it. "Philip finds you too stubborn to sway, but he doesn't have my decades of practice."

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    Philip was absurdly fond of Geoffrey — in truth he was. And he adored Richard. And while it was true that he dearly loved them both, it was equally true that he loved them at each other's throats most of all. Because it amused him. Because it upset Henry. Because what was bad for England was invariably good for France. But there was more than one way to kick a hornet's nest, and this was fun too.

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    Henry and Eleanor had raised no children. They had raised princes and dukes and counts, and whatever John was, but no children. Just powerful strangers with too much to prove at each other's expense.

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    Christmas at Chinon, 1183. Conversation gambits keep the Christmas fires burning.

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    Richard stalked the halls of Rouen like a tamed lion, but one that still had claws, and might turn on you if you came too close. And Geoffrey could never resist baiting his brother. With King Henry gone to Caen to collect their mother, whom he had once again released from her imprisonment, this time for Easter, and John floundering away in Ireland, there was no one else for the two of them to direct their energies towards. The knights and courtiers took bets as to which would strike the first blow, with the prevailing wisdom being that no matter who began it, Richard would surely end it.

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    “No one ever thinks of the crown and mentions Geoff, why is that?” - Lion in Winter

    In which Prince Geoffrey should be content to rule the magical half of the Angevin Empire and leave his parents to bicker over which of his brothers gets to rule the English muggles.

    Also, in which Eleanor of Aquitaine hates Constance of Brittany even more than she hates her son John.

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