The modern Rupert decided to pay another visit to Lionel's painting. Although he knew it to contain serious inaccuracies, he suspected that it also told more about the family than he had at first assumed.
Once again, his theory proved correct. Using his torch to examine the crowds greeting Lord Rupert, the modern Rupert located a figure leaning on a crutch towards the back of the group of servants. He thought back to his school history lessons. The Battle of Marston Moor had been the year before Naseby, and at the time of Duke Thomas' death his servant John Ollerenshaw must have been sufficiently recovered from his injuries to have been found work at the Lodge. He had been one of the servants present when Lord Rupert arrived, and perhaps that was when he had first offered his services to carry news between the two houses should the war continue to go badly for the Royalist side.
Feeling rather pleased with himself, Rupert switched off his torch and returned to the library to begin his search for the Rare Book Room.
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