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William applies to have his father's title of Earl transferred to him, and discovers a mysterious knight is also a rival for the Earldom. King Stephen, frightened by Jack's appearance, orders an assassin to kill him. The battle between King Stephen and Maud sees each side's leader being taken hostage. Philip is tortured into a confession when Waleran tells Maud that he is the man who betrayed Earl Bartholomew.
Upon the death of his father, William Hamleigh hopes to be named the new Earl of Shiring but Richard of Kingsbridge, Aliena's brother is proving himself to be a worthy knight in the service of King Stephen. In Kingsbridge, the work on the new cathedral continues. Jack and Aliena have developed affections for one another. Prior Philip and Bishop Waleran clash once again and Waleran conspires with the Hamleighs to shut down the thriving Kingsbridge market and move it to Shiring. After four years, King Stephen and Princess Maude are still at war over the succession. She is under siege in Lincoln castle and awaits the arrival of her brother and his army. In the ensuing battle, both sides manage to capture a key prisoner. The results of the battle also provide Waleran with the upper hand against Philip.
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