After Hugues's corps is found in the forest, his funeral attracts a royal visitor, the duke of Anjou, a crusading comrade in arms. Thomas is charged with the investigation and soon gets his beloved Constance's confession. But he sets up the Breton brigand leader, after warning him the duke will hunt him as obvious suspect. After the bishop's men beat up farmer Fasiole for failing to pay multiply excessive levies, Giraud offers him to move to derelict order lands. The bishop has no legal recourse, but sends the inquisitor to torture Fasiole into confessions he doesn't even understand. As the commander expected, the family is forced back into episcopal lands.