Some readers have wondered why Crispin was so all-fired against King Richard II before he ascended the throne as a boy of ten. How could Crispin have hated him so much when history tells us that the men of his time actually thought the young Richard was a shrewd kid and even handled the peasant revolt led by Wat Tyler with much aplomb?
Well, I thought it would be interesting to take a different tack with an historical character. Hear me out. People who actually lived through certain events in history naturally saw it with different eyes than we do staring at in clinicly through books or newsreels. Why didn't they see this coming? we always ask. You don't necessarily see the freight train until it's right upon you. And much like the Bushies of today, who, through extreme blind loyalty, will apparantly do anything whether illegal or immoral for their man--Crispin is in the same boat. He was fostered in the duke of Lancaster's household. Raised with Lancaster's point of view on everything and plainly under the thrall of hero-worship, Crispin acts unwisely and ends up commiting treason which gets him into a whole lot of hurt.
Of course, you're going to have to read the novel to get the whole picture. I do hope you will get that chance to read about Crispin and his life and times soon. That means I'd better stop writing this and get back to my manuscript so I can send the revised version out to my agent. Oh, so many trials and tribulations.