Part V: In Too Deep
Can I let you in on a secret?
I don’t think Wautier had his back turned at all when Robin dismounted and drew his sword.
I think it was all part of the story.
But, let’s get back to the story as Wautier would end up telling it.
Understandably, whether he was watching Robin draw his sword or not, Wautier was not happy about this turn of events. So he pulled out “a big knife” and told Robin to sheath his sword.
Now, I don’t know how big this knife was, but I’m imagining it had to be in the Crocodile Dundee territory, because otherwise what happens next just doesn’t make sense.
(Also, I think Wautier’s lying. But that’s me, and I study French history, so clearly I’m an Armagnac who sings songs about the English having devil tails, so don’t mind me.)
(Yes, French songs about English soldiers having devil tales were totally a thing during the Hundred Years War. I’ve seen ’em, but I can’t sing ’em.)
Yup, pretty sure Robin also grew up with Crocodile Dundee. No other explanation.
You starting to see why I think Wautier’s a liar?
Robin, apparently, thinks November’s an excellent time for a swim, because he doesn’t take Wautier’s hand.
Frustrated, Wautier throws a stone in the pond. Because why not?
Also, why this detail? I’ve been puzzling over this. Wautier’s angling for a pardon from the Duke of Bedford, so he and his supporters are doing everything they can to make him look good. Why have him throw a stone?
I don’t have a definite answer, but if I had to guess, I’d say it’s to show Wautier’s frustration, but more probably because it was trying to explain away something he’d done.
You see, I don’t think Robin jumped into a fishpond in November to get away from a knife, however big, when he had a sword and a horse. I mean, sure, don’t fight Wautier, but Dude! You have a horse!
I think Wautier pushed him into the fishpond. And I think he threw stones at him once he was there, whether out of anger or in order to actually ensure Robin drowned.
But that’s a bad look for getting a pardon, so you find another way to account for anyone happening to have seen you throwing a rock or two at a guy in the water.
Good to his word, Robin died that way.
Wautier, fearing the rigour of justice ( = being hanged for murder), left the region.
Soon caught, he was imprisoned. At which point, we get his family and friends supplicating the regent on his behalf.
The remission, in the end, was granted in Chartres, first day of February 1428.
This interpretation, at last ended, was given in Kitchener, last day of June 2020.
I take all blame for totally stuffing up their amazing work.