The King began to prepare to leave as the spring burst upon us. Apart from visits to local landowners to assert his authority, and a skirmish that had to be attended to on the borders of his realm of Normandy, he had been at home for many months. Now preparations were being made to return to England and Henry would be going with him.
In the flurry of activity that attends everything that the court does, Nest made her announcement. It was early to be planning. We women know how delicate a time the early days of a pregnancy are but she wanted Henry to know that she carried his child before he left.
While my little dove began to encounter the realities her body must bear to accommodate this new life, he still called for her.