“Guy’s Rose”–Ch. 5 Dancing & Ch. 6 Dowery, 11/18/11 by Gratiana Lovelace (Post #57)

“Guy’s Rose”–Ch. 5 & Ch. 6,  11/18/11 by Gratiana Lovelace
An Original Fan Fiction Script Story Adaptation of the BBC’s “Robin Hood, Series 3”
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[(1ab) “Guy’s Rose” story graphic]

“Guy’s Rose” (WIP), Chapter 5:  Sir Guy and Lady Roseanna Share a Private Conversation During a Dance (PG-13)

Prince John loves his entertainments–especially after dining.  And though dancing and frivolity ensues after dinner this evening, Prince John prefers to watch the couples cavort around the room.  He especially encourages Sir Guy to invite Lady Roseanna to dance.

Prince John:  “Sir Guy!  You must partner with my lovely cousin in the dance.”  He says encouragingly and commandingly. [(2) Prince John]

Sir Guy:  The prospect of dancing is discomfiting for Sir Guy [(3) Sir Guy] because he has spent his time in sword play, not dance play.    “Sire, I fear that my dancing is not as keen as my fighting.”

Lady Roseanna:  Sensing Sir Guy’s unease, Lady Roseanna makes a suggestion.  “Sir Guy?  Might we wait until there is a slower dance with less complicated moves?  Cousin John, I fear that my sprained ankle from last week is still tender.”  A fib, but that is what all good ladies of breeding do to smooth over someone else’s unease.

Prince John:  Perturbed, he says “I don’t recall you injuring yourself?”

Lady Roseanna:  “Cousin?”  Lady Roseanna [(4) Lady Roseanna] always uses the informal with Prince John to reinforce that he is not king yet.  “Perhaps you were busy with important matters of State and took no notice of my limping.”

Prince John:  “Oh very well.  Do as you wish.”  He waves his hand at them slowly and dismissively.  The wine he consumed at dinner is starting to tire out Prince John.  And so, he is more amenable to others’ suggestions.

Finally, a slower song begins to play and Sir Guy and Lady Roseanne take to the dance floor.  They chat privately for the first time all evening as they hold each other in a close dancer’s embrace.  They mostly rock back and forth in place since it is a folk tune without dance steps associated with it.

Sir Guy:  “And how is Milady’s ankle?”  Sir Guy [(5) Sir Guy smirk] smiles at Lady Roseanna mischievously.

Lady Roseanna:  “Tolerable.  I trust you will help me back to my chair if need be.”  She smiles up at him coquettishly.

Sir Guy:  “Were I to be pressed into service, I would gladly carry you there in my arms.”  He smiles broadly.

Lady Roseanna:  “Sir Guy, only my husband may carry me in his arms.”  She admonishes him somewhat primly–like the maid she is.   Lady Roseanna looks lovely and demure in her blue velvet gown with gold brocade [(6) gown].

Sir Guy:  “Is that an invitation, My Lady Roseanna?  Prince John had offered your hand to me earlier.”  He says mischievously.

Lady Roseanna:   “Prince John tries to give away that which is not his to give.”  She says a bit defiantly.

Sir Guy:   “And to whom would I plead my case were I to wish to marry you, Milady?”

Lady  Roseanna:  A bit taken aback, she says forcefully, “My brother Lord George will be home from the Holy Land soon.  It is to him one must make supplication.  Of course, after first receiving my approval.”

Sir Guy:  “Ah!  Then I shall strive for your approval Milady.”  He kisses her hand again as the song ends and he guides her back to their chairs next to Prince John.

To be continued with Chapter 6

“Guy’s Rose” (WIP), Chapter 6:  Prince John discusses Lady Roseanna’s Dowry Arrangement with Sir Guy (PG-13)

After the dancing finishes, most people retreat to their rooms for the night–including Lady Roseanna.  However, Prince John asks Sir Guy to stay behind and chat with him by the fire.  Sir Guy is happy to accede to his Prince’s request–not truly expecting the direction that their conversation will take.

Prince John:  “So Gisborne, what do you think of my lovely cousin Lady Roseanna?” [(7) Lady Roseanna]   Prince John asks impishly.

Sir Guy:  “Lady Roseanna is a rare jewel without compare, Sire.”  Sir Guy smiles warmly [(8) Prince John and Sir Guy].

Prince John:  “And what would you pay to have that jewel in your possession, Gisborne?”

Sir Guy:  “I, Sire?”  Gisborne almost sputters.  “I doubt the lady would have me.  And I do not have sufficient funds to buy her and to keep her in the luxury to which she is accustomed.

Prince John:  “Noooo.”  He says patronizingly.  “My cousin has a dowry inheritance of 100,000 pounds and a country estate.  Were you to be granted the boon of her hand in marriage, I would expect your thanks in return.  Perhaps half of her dowry?”

Sir Guy:  Finally seeing that Prince John is only concerned with the dowry money and not his cousin’s happiness, he says.  “Believe me, Sire, I am honored by your suggestion.  But I fear the lady is too fine for me.  I am a soldier who does not even know how to dance.  How could one such as I expect to win the heart of such a fair and gracious lady?”

Prince John:  “Dammit Man, just take her!” Prince John demands of a shocked Sir Guy. [(9) Prince John and Sir Guy]  “I put you in her apartments to give you access to her person.  Once you have breached her virgin defenses she will have to acquiesce to marrying you or be shunned as a whore.”

Sir Guy:  “Sire!”  Sir Guy [(10) Sir Guy] is disgusted that Prince John is talking about him essentially raping Lady Roseanna.  “I never impose myself on wenches or ladies.  They come to me willingly, or not at all.”  Sir Guy says, then he sadly thinks of Lady Marian–who never came to him–because she really was never his to begin with.

Prince John:  “Well then Gisborne, practice your seduction on my cousin and make her yours.  You will be handsomely rewarded with half of her dowry and her country estate.  And I dare say, she is a pretty thing who might make a very good wife …. one day.”  He smiles ruefully.  “Think about it Gisborne.  But don’t wait too long to let me know if you want her hand.  Because, someone else might come along while you dither.”

Sir Guy:  “Thank you, Sire.  You give me much to think upon.”  Sir Guy nods cautiously and purposefully.  However Prince John is yawning and drowsy by this point.  “But the night is long and I fear our sovereign needs his rest.   So, I will bid you goodnight.”

Prince John:  “Good night, Gisborne.”  He yawns flicking a disdainful wave of his hand.

Sir Guy slowly walks back [(11) Sir Guy] to the Middleton Apartments in the palace to ponder what Prince John has told him.  He has much to think upon.

To be continued with Chapter 7


(1a)   Guy’s Rose story graphic composite image–Sir Guy, as portrayed by Richard Armitage, drawing by Judiang and initially shared at

(1b)  Guy’s Rose story graphic composite image–rose graphic found at http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_D8VwTKAphks/TQ5I9nYhgdI/AAAAAAAAN6k/vdOKQ4QsSsU/s1600/pink_rose_petals.jpg

(2) Cropped image of Prince John as portrayed by Toby Stephens in the BBC’s Robin Hood series 3, episode 7, picture 10

(3) Sir Guy, as portrayed by Richard Armitage in Robin Hood, series 3, episode 7, pix 9 http://www.richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasonthree/episodeseven/slides/7_009.html

(4)  “A Portrait of a Young Lady” by Eugene de Blass, Image representing Lady Roseanna Oxbridge Middleton found at

(5) Sir Guy slightly smirking, as portrayed by Richard Armitage in the BBC’s Robin Hood, series 3, episode 5, pix 84

(6)  Blue velvet dress with gold brocade edging representing what Lady Roseanna wore to dine in; gown found at Majestic Velvets  http://majesticvelvets.com/noname31.html

(7)  “A Portrait of a Young Lady” by Eugene de Blass, Image representing Lady Roseanna Oxbridge Middleton found at

(8) Sir Guy as portrayed by Richard Armitage slightly smirking at Prince John as portrayed by Toby Stephens in the BBC’s Robin Hood, series 3, episode 7, pix 173


(9) Prince John as portrayed by Toby Stephens demands something vile of Sir Guy as portrayed by Richard Armitage in the BBC’s Robin Hood series 3 episode 7, pix 18

(10)  Sir Guy as portrayed by Richard Armitage in the BBC’s Robin Hood series 3, episode7, pix  12

(11)  Sir Guy as portrayed by Richard Armitage in the BBC’s Robin Hood series 3 episode7, pix 46 slowly walks back to the Middleton Apartments in the Palace

Guy’s Rose Previous Story Links:

Ch. 4: Ch. 4:  https://gratianads90.wordpress.com/2011/11/14/%E2%80%9Cguy%E2%80%99s-rose%E2%80%9D-chapter-4-lady-roseanna-dines-with-prince-john-and-sir-guy-monday-evening-111411-gratiana-lovelace-post-54/

Ch. 3: https://gratianads90.wordpress.com/2011/11/11/%E2%80%9Cguy%E2%80%99s-rose%E2%80%9D-wip-chapter-3-sir-guy-sups-with-prince-john-at-monday%E2%80%99s-midday-meal-pg-13-111111-gratiana-lovelace-post-52/

Ch. 2:  https://gratianads90.wordpress.com/2011/11/06/guys-rose-ch-2-sir-guy-bathes-in-roses-apartments-110711-gratiana-lovelace-post-49/

Ch. 0 – 1:  https://gratianads90.wordpress.com/2011/11/04/guys-rose-ch-0-1-a-fan-fiction-110411-gratiana-lovelace-post-47/

About Gratiana Lovelace

Gratiana Lovelace is my nom de plume for my creative writing and blogging. I write romantic stories in different sub genres. The stories just tumble out of me. My resurgence in creative writing occurred when I viewed the BBC miniseries of Elizabeth Gaskell's novel North & South in February 2010. The exquisitely talented British actor portraying the male lead John Thornton in North & South--Richard Crispin Armitage--became my unofficial muse. I have written over 50 script stories about love--some are fan fiction, but most are original stories--that I am just beginning to share with others on private writer sites, and here on my blog. And as you know, my blog here is also relatively new--since August 2011. But, I'm having fun and I hope you enjoy reading my blog essays and my stories. Cheers! Grati ;-> upd 12/18/11
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11 Responses to “Guy’s Rose”–Ch. 5 Dancing & Ch. 6 Dowery, 11/18/11 by Gratiana Lovelace (Post #57)

  1. Fabi says:

    Good morning, Grati!
    Prince John is such a despicable, selfish person. He is a villain only interesting in his profit. I hope Guy will not agree with his sordid schemes.
    Sad times those when marriages were mainly made by convenience, not by love.


  2. Gratiana says:

    Good morning Fabi!
    Yes, Prince John is scum. Back then marriages among the nobility were based on power, property, and prestige–and perhaps sometimes love. This gave rise to extra marital assignations for love–though not all were consummated as it the Guinevere and Lancelot tale. I’m recalling my 17th century poetry class in college where we studied “courtly love” poems about deep and unrequited or unfulfilled love.

    One poem in particular comes to mind, “To his Coy Mistress” by Andrew Marvel. I googled it to help my memory on all but the first stanza (that appears below, and the rest of the poem is found at http://www.luminarium.org/sevenlit/marvell/coy.htm):

    “To his Coy Mistress”
    by Andrew Marvell

    “Had we but world enough, and time,
    This coyness, lady, were no crime.
    We would sit down and think which way
    To walk, and pass our long love’s day;” …

    I’m glad that we live in an era when we can choose whom to love and it is not based on financial gain. Though customs in countries vary.

    As to Sir Guy and Lady Roseanna? You’ll have to read the next chapter installment to be published here on MONDAY (corrected).

    Thanks for visiting and commenting. Cheers! Grati ;->


  3. fitzg says:

    Very much enjoying this narration. I do appreciate that you have caught that sense of the Gisborne conflicts – materialism/romance/susceptibilty/a sense of chivalry/and need to “get ahead in life”. I have an historical biography of William Marshall, abt. 1147-1208, a younger son and landless knight. If I were going to attempt fanfic, it would centre on Guy and Isabella in France, how Gisborne had to work the work the system to eventually rise to considerable prominence in England. What he had to do to secure futures for himself (probably self first) and Isabella. Marshall’s life provides much grist for the imagination in regard to BBC RH Gisborne. Which, my opinion only, was succesful in transitioning Gis of RH1&2 to RH 3. (Lucas 7-9 was not that successful in backstory.) If you wish to have some idea where to proceed after Guy and the Rose, perhaps Guy’s adventures in France might provide something.
    (You got me going with cotton, when I was in a lull – do you wish to consign Guy and sister in France to a possible future?) William Marshall is a valuable example of the landless knight…


  4. Gratiana says:

    Hi Fitzg,

    Thanks for your very nice note. I’m glad that you’re enjoying my story, “Guy’s Rose”. Sir Guy is conflicted as he tries to find his way to “being a better man” and a more confident man as we see him in RH3, episode 5 “Let the Games Commence”.

    I’m intrigued by your Sir Guy prequel suggestion. I do agree that tale is rife with possibilities. I might just take you up on your wonderful suggestion in the future. Might you have the citation information on the William Marshall book you refer to so that I might look into it? It might make a good XMAS break project for me–since I’m focused on developing other stories at the moment. For now, I have 19 chapters of “Guy’s Rose” written and published on DF–with Ch. 19 going up this weekend–and a few more chapters to follow until this story concludes. So, it will still take us several weeks to get that serialized here on my blog–even with my posting chapters twice a week. Ha!

    I should have done that NaNoWriMo challenge. I would have completed it easily. Or as I quipped on Judiang’s blog yesterday, my only problem would be limiting myself to 50,000 words. Ha!

    However, my next story that I’ll serialize here in my blog is set in contemporary times–since most of my love stories are not fan fiction of period dramas, but rather original love stories set in the present day. I just haven’t decided which love story it will be yet. Ha! Although, I have a liltingly romantic and bittersweet tale set around the Christmas holidays called “One Night”, that is currently in the running to be serialized here next.

    And you’re most welcome for my small suggestion of “cotton” to you. I have found that we RA fans are a reciprocally supportive and mentoring group of friends. It’s lovely.

    Thanks again for visiting and commenting. Cheers! Grati ;->


  5. fitzg says:

    Gratiana, my book source for Marshall:
    William Marshall, David Crouch. 2nd ed. 2002, Pearson Education Ltd. I could lend it to you.
    I think I obtained it via Amazon uk, when I had a little cash. Being addicted to historical biography – especially of the mediaeval period. You could probably also request from local library via ILL.
    In any case, given the RA and Lara portrayals in RH3, I just wondered what that story, moving to France, back to England, and “selling” his sister might have to tell. Landless knights and younger sons have always had to be very pragmatic and – callous? And given Guy’s teen experiences, did that make him extremely callous? A sink or swim situation, use everything you have, including a sister. And his life in France could have been very interesting…did he leave somebody behind in France? Anyway, just for the back burner someday!


    • Gratiana says:

      Thanks for the update on the Marshal book source, Fitzg.
      Oh yes, I would use everything in the “Guy arsenal” that we know of to date. And I would love exploring the teenage Sir Guy–trying to secure their daily existence with neglectful relatives in France, finding young love himself, and then seizing upon the idea of marrying off Isabella.
      I still don’t think Sir Guy did it callously. The way RA as Sir Guy said that it was “because he [SquireThornton] paid a good price for you” sounded like a brother’s taunt more than an actual fact. At least, that is how I would play it. And we get an inkling of Sir Guy still caring about his sister when he gives her the poison to take so that she isn’t tortured to death. Sir Guy and Isabella were a lovely big brother and little sister once–and I would start my story there.
      Cheers! Grati ;->


  6. fitzg says:

    Yes, he wasn’t indifferent to his little sister. That sounded like a a big brother response, all right! :D
    Life experiences did teach them them to use every weapon they had both learned by the time they met again in England. But that did seem typical big brother. Diifficult to have any empathy for Robin in this BBC incarnation….


    • Gratiana says:

      Hi again Fitzg,
      Yes, brother-sister relationships can be prickly–even if there is love there. Brothers do so like to needle one, IMHO. Ha! And as to “Forest Boy”? Well, he was perhaps too whiney and self centered to be a true heroic character. Sir Guy was just so much more interesting–and sexy.
      Cheers! Grati ;->


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