“Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3), Ch. 22 (PG-13, D): Forgiveness is an Illusory Dream, Part 2 , April 10, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #729)

“Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3), Ch. 22 (PG-13, D): Forgiveness is an Illusory Dream, Part 2 ,   April 10, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #729)

avaSirGuysAtonementStoryCover-image-isRichardArmitage-inRH3epi5_086RanetJan1815GratianaLovelace-256x398[An Original Fan Fiction adaptation of the characters from the BBC’s Robin Hood; & a Sequel to “Sir Guy’s Dilemma” (Book 2) by Gratiana Lovelace] (All Rights Reserved; No copyright infringement intended)

[From time to time, I will illustrate my story with my dream cast of: Richard Armitage as Baron Guy of Gisborne, Clive Standen as Lord Archer of Locksley, Emma Watson as Lady Roseanna Gisborne, Lucy Griffiths as Lady Marian in flashback, James McAvoy as Lord George Middleton, Toby Stephens as Prince John, etc.]

Author’s Mature Content Note: “Sir Guy’s Atonement” is a story of romance and intrigue set amidst Medieval times. As such there will be some passages in this story involving heartfelt love scenes (S) and some passages involving highly dramatic moments (D). I will label the maturity rating of those chapters accordingly. Otherwise, the general rating for this story is PG or PG-13 due to some mature situations and topics. If you are unable or unwilling to attend a movie with the ratings that I provide, then please do not read the chapters with those labels. This is my disclaimer.

Author’s Recap from the previous installment: Sir Guy Baron of Gisborne is now a good man with a conscience. And the torment of Baron Guy killing Lady Marian still haunts him–so much so, that he begged forgiveness from the Madonna Stature in her likeness at St. Matthew’s Church in Locksley when he detoured overnight in Nottingham after swearing his oath of loyalty to the new King John. But, she did not respond–neither Lady Marion, nor the Madonna. And Baron Guy must somehow find a way to live with his guilt, to appease God until he can atone for what he has done. He needs to do this as much for his family, as for himself. For when Baron Guy is haunted by guilt, there is a ripple effect of sadness and grief throughout his family.


“Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3), Ch. 22 (PG-13, D): Forgiveness is an Illusory Dream, Part 2

Visiting Locksley’s church did not have the calming effect upon Baron Guy of Gisborne that he had hoped that it would have–especially this time nearing Summer season of the year. Nothing has changed, nothing is improved, Baron Guy is not forgiven for killing Lady Marian. But at least he has returned home to her, his greatest blessing, his loving wife, his Lady Rose. And it will be she whom he turns to when the nightmares of remorse haunt his dreams–with more fiercesome reality and vividness than they have ever before tormented him.

For you see, Baron Guy finds every year in late Spring that as the anniversary of him killing Lady Marian draws nearer to Summer, his mood swings become more mercurial.   And the Gisborne-Middleton Manor estate staff, his wife, his children, and even his horse Pegasus know to steer clear of him. Baron Guy becomes depressed, morose, and more taciturn than usual for several weeks–mostly due to lack of sleep.

Because when Baron Guy tries to sleep, the dreams come, the nightmares invade his sleep. Guy-having-nightmares-isRichardArmiage-inRH3epi6_0013_Apr1915ranetAnd none–not even Baron Guy’s beloved wife Lady Roseanna–can banish his nightmares and soothe his soul. Tossing and turning in his bed in early May of 1199, Sir Guy [(2a) right] is in a deep sleep–but not a restful sleep. He is in a sleep that is beyond restless as he terrifyingly dreams once more of killing Lady Marian in the Holy Land.

Lady Roseanna had arisen earlier in the middle of the night to check on their now seven month old baby Lady Diana who lies peacefully in her nearby cradle–unaware of the turmoil in her father, Baron Guy’s, heart and soul. And with Lady Roseanna’s baby nursed and her Guy-thrashing-in-bed-w-nightmares-isRichardArmitage-inRH3epi6_0010_Apr0915ranetwrapper changed to a fresh one, Lady Roseanna returns to bed to find her husband, Baron Guy, thrashing about [(2b) right] upon their bed and talking to someone in his nightmare. Baron Guy has never done that before–talked while having his nightmares–and Lady Roseanna is forbodingly curious as to the details of the events surrounding Lady Marian’s death that torments her husband so.

In Baron Guy’s dream set in the Holy Land of seven years ago, he is Sir Guy and Lady Marian GuyWarningMariantoMove-inRH12-13-00326-isRichardArmitage_Jan1915RACis standing between him and King Richard lying on the ground after his shoulder was pierced by Sir Guy’s arrow. She is shielding the King with her body. However Sir Guy is intent upon killing King Richard and he warns Lady Marian to move out of his way [(3) right].

Dream Sir Guy: “Out of the way Marian. I must kill King Richard. Then I will have untold power and wealth. And then, you and I can finally be married.”

Dream Lady Marian: “I will not let you kill King Richard and harm England.” Lady Marian holds her arms out as a barrier–and she, steps back and steps forward, back and forward, her challengingly pivoting on the balls of her feet.   “And I will never be yours, Guy of Gisborne.” She hisses.

Dream Sir Guy: “No!” He chokes out hoarsely from the arid desert air. “Marian, you lie! You will be mine–for I love no other. I will never love another.”

Trying to waken her husband by gently shaking his shoulder–hoping to dislodge his hellish nightmare from his thoughts–Lady Roseanna has tears streaming down her cheeks for hearing her husband’s words of loving another. Lady Rose knows that she was not her husband’s first love–and knows now that maybe she is not his greatest love–even though her Baron Guy is both for her. However Baron Guy does not awaken, and he continues to toss and turn and to thrash about in their bed.  Baby Lady Diana gurgles fussily at the noise of her Papa’s loudness and her Mama Lady Roseanna quickly moves her crib further away from the bed.

Then Lady Roseanna returns to her husband and sits on the edge of their bed, feeling helpless to rouse Baron Guy from what tonight is his hell on Earth.

Dream Lady Marian: “No Guy!   I could never love you.   I love Robin Hood. I am going to LadyMarianSmilesBlissfullyatRefusingGuy--RH12-13-00343_isLucyGriffiths_Jan1915RACmarry Robin Hood.” The defiant Marian smiles blissfully [(4) right] in fully understanding her own heart after wavering between the two men for so long.

Lady Marian does not intend to taunt Sir Guy, but he takes it as such.

Sir Guy: “No! You will marry me! I love you with all of my heart, Marian!” At the end of his tether, Sir Guy snaps and rushes toward Lady Marian–to try to shake some sense into her–so that she will be his.

But in Sir Guy’s rage–in his hurt at Lady Marian’s rejection–he forgets that in his hand is a lethal weapon as he lifts his arms toward her.  Lady Marian is on a forward pivot before she realizes that Sir Guy’s sword is directly in front of her. And with both of them moving toward each other, the finely sharpened blade of Sir Guy’s sword pierces Lady Marian’s left side below her lung.

Sir Guy does not immediately know what he has done, as the startled look upon Lady Marian’s face also registers her shock and disbelief.  And the searing pain renders her speechless.

Sir Guy: “Marian!” Sir Guy cries out in gripping fear and despair at realizing that he has stabbed her–for he knows that he has dealt Lady Marian a fatal wound this time–having only injured her when he wrestled with her in her Night Watchman costume the previous year.

But harming Lady Marian was never Sir  Guy’s intention, nor his wish. Sir Guy loves Lady Marian like he loves no other. He gently lowers her to the ground, his sword still sticking out of her for fear of removing it causing her to bleed uncontrollably from ruptured veins and organs.

Dream Lady Marian: “Guy?” She whispers chokingly in confusion and agonizing pain. However, she is bleeding only marginally at the moment since the sword piercing her side closes off the blood flow. Her white gown is not yet stained with her blood.Guy-recoiling-in horror-atstabbing-Marian-isRichardArmitage-inRH2epi 12_213_122_Apr0915ranet

Sir Guy kneels beside Lady Marian and recoiling in horror at what he has done [(5) right]–gulping air as he sobs–Sir Guy pleads to Lady Marian.

Sir Guy: “I did not mean to … I would never hurt you, never! Marian, you are my life!” Sir Guy cups Lady Marian’s face in his hand, her tears wetting his hands.

In reality, Baron Guy is cupping his wife Lady Roseanna’s face in his hands–her tears of sorrow wetting his hands.

Lady Roseanna: “Guy!” Lady Rose chokingly whispers through her tears, trying to get his attention and wake him up. But Baron Guy thinks that he hears Lady Marian in his nightmare.

Dream Lady Marian: “Guy.”   She sighs with labored breathing since her every movement is wracked with the pain of being impaled upon Sir Guy’s sword.

Sir Guy: “Marian, My Love.” Tears are streaming down Sir Guy’s face. She will die and there is nothing he can do to stop it.

Then Robin Hood and his outlaws race into the courtyard just as Nottingham’s Sheriff Vasey also arrives on horseback, bellowing for Sir Guy to join him.

Vasey: “Gisborne!   We must away!” He bellows

Robin: Dropping to his knees beside Lady Marian, Robin looks in horror upon the scene. “What have you done, you devil!?!” He asks of Sir Guy.

Sir Guy: Sir Guy shakily stands. “I love Marian! I did not mean to …” Sir Guy says more to Lady Marian than to Robin Hood.

Vasey: “Gisborne!”  Sherriff Vasey howls high atop his horse, now within three feet of Sir Guy.

Lady Marian faints–and Sir Guy believes that she has died, and he cannot look upon what he hath wrought. So Sir Guy turns and takes two strides toward Sherriff Vasey on his horse and then hops up behind him. As Vasey gallops away from the scene, Sir Guy’s eyes look back until he can see Lady Marian no more, her white gown reminding him of the innocent pure spirit that he just killed.

Sir Guy: “Marian! Oh God!   Marian! What have I done!?!” Baron Guy wails as he sobs uncontrollably in his dream and in reality.

Lady Roseanna: Rousing herself to try again to awaken her husband from his nightmare, Lady Roseanna stands up from their bed and cups his face in her hands as she cryingly pleads in an urgent but hushed voice so as not to awaken their baby daughter sleeping nearby. “Guy, Guy, please wake up!   That is all in the past.”

At first Baron Guy’s arms shoot up and without him meaning to, and he forcefully grabs his Guy-waking-from-nightmare-isRichardArmitage-inRH3epi6_0015Apr1013ranet-hi-resshrpwife’s Lady Roseanna’s arms about her shoulders, shaking her. Baron Guy’s eyes flutter open [(6a) right], but are not in focus yet.

Sir Guy: “Marian? You’re alive! I thought I had lost you! Do not leave me every again, My Beloved!”

Lady Roseanna: Lady Roseanna’s tears now subside in her own numbed shock at the full realization of the depth of her husband’s pain, and she says meekly. “Guy, I am Rose–and I will never leave you, my husband.”

Baron Guy blinks several times. His vision begins to clear and he looks around him as he LadyRose-isEmmaWatson-inNoah-98020_Jan1915expresscoukrecognizes his bed chamber–with his wife Lady Rose in his arms before him. He also sees the slumbering form of their now seven month old baby daughter Lady Diana in her cradle nearby. Then Baron Guy looks upon the bereft face of his much younger wife, Lady Roseanna [(6b) right].

Sir Guy shakes his head as much to clear his mind as to dispel his wife’s concern. But it does not work, and she turns her head away from him to try to hide her tears that now flow again. Sir Guy has wounded his Lady Rose–not with a sword, but with expressing his love for Lady Marian with such unabashed emotion. Anguished to have caused his beloved wife pain, Sir Guy contritely apologizes.

Baron Guy: “Oh Rose. I am so sorry, My Love.”

Baron Guy touches her face and he gently turns her to look at him. Lady Roseanna gazes upon her husband with love and tenderness. Then she whispers stoically as she leans away from him, her back straight, her spirit bowed, with her eyes dropped from his gaze.

Lady Roseanna: “It is alright, Guy. I have always known that I was not your first love.”

Baron Guy: “Rose.” Baron Guy tries to appease her.

Lady Roseanna: Now she shakes her head. “Nay, Guy.” She looks up into his eyes, then she looks away again.  She agitatedly twists the fine linen fabric of her night gown between her fingers. Then In a very small voice, she asks the question that she has never dared ask before. “Husband? Do you … do you wish that she were your wife, instead of me?” Her breath hitches and stills, waiting for her husband’s response.

Baron Guy: “No! No! Never would I wish that!”   Baron Guy pulls Lady Roseanna into his arms and they lie down together as he gently kisses her face and lips repeatedly. Baron Guy tenderly embraces his wife and rocks her in his arms to soothe her worries. “You and our children are my life! I have only ever known love with you.” That is true, because though he loved Lady Marian, she did not love him. After several moments of calming–for both of them–he continues. “I wish … I wish that Lady Marian was alive–that I had not killed her. She, above all, did not deserve to die.” He states sorrowfully. “But, the deed cannot be undone. And I must bear the guilt for my actions in killing her, until I die.”

Lady Roseanna caresses her husband’s face.

Lady Roseanna: “It was an accident. You did not mean to kill her.” Lady Roseanna says meekly–for even as a much loved and loving wife of these four years, Lady Roseanna sometimes finds it difficult to reconcile the murderous man her husband Baron Guy was to the loving and respected man he is now.

Baron Guy: “Accident or not, she is still dead by my hand.   And I will never be free of my sin.” He states forlornly.

Lady Roseanna: Knowing well her husband’s melancholic musings, she counters softly.   “But our children and I have need of you. Cannot our love banish the ghosts of your past, banish this ghost from your past?”

Baron Guy: “It does, you do, My Lady.” But only in part–which he cannot bear to admit to her.

Lady Roseanna: “But not completely?” She discerns as his wife of seven years.

Baron Guy: “No. Not completely.” He responds solemnly. “But I am happier now than I have any right to be, Rose.” Then he pulls back and gazes lovingly at his wife, Lady Roseanna, as he tenderly caresses her face. “And I love and I am loved more now than I could have ever imagined.”

Lady Roseanna: “How can I help you, My Husband?” Lady Rose asks earnestly–for she loves her husband Baron Guy with all of her heart.

Baron Guy: “You do help me. But God’s penance for my sin of killing Lady Marian is to send me these nightmares at this time each year. I have no right to complain when I am alive and blessed with you and our family, and Lady Marian is dead and buried in an unmarked grave in the Holy Land, with none to visit her. She should have that respect, at least.” For Sir Guy did not attend Lady Marian’s makeshift funeral in the Holy Land, to beg her forgiveness–and that weighs heavily upon his mind and upon his heart.

Lady Roseanna: Lady Roseanna’s mind clears of her sorrow and an idea comes to the forefront of her thoughts. “Then let us show Lady Marian our respect, Guy.” He looks at her quizzically. “We will celebrate a funeral mass for Lady Marian and erect a marker in the Middleton Family graveyard for her.”

Baron Guy: Baron Guy looks incredulously at his generous and loving wife. “Why would you do this?”

Lady Roseanna: “Because I love you, and you loved her.” She caresses his face and moves his hair out of his eyes. “It is fitting and proper that she be remembered by us.”

Baron Guy: “Oh Rose, My Love! I do not deserve you!”

Baron Guy buries his face within Lady Roseanna’s neck and weeps. He weeps for his lost Lady Marian, and he weeps for the blessing of his Lady Rose and their children. Lady Roseanna gently rocks her husband within her arms until he falls asleep from exhaustion. And this time, Baron Guy does not dream–or at least, he cannot remember and awakens on the morrow better rested than usual after his nightmares.


In part, the hellishness of Sir Guy Baron of Gisborne’s dreams this night were made more troubling by his recent trip to Nottingham Castle to oversee some of the final rebuilding and fortifications expansions. Whilst staying as his brother Lord Archer’s guest at the now much expanded Locksley Manor, Baron Guy visited the Locksley church rebuilt as St. Matthew’s Church–in honor of Robin Hood outlaw Kate’s young brother whom Sir Guy had killed so long ago–had received its final and finishing adornment, a finely carved marble sculpture of the Madonna made in deceased Lady Marian’s likeness, to honor her.

But when Baron Guy beheld the Madonna and child sculpture, it was as if the Lady Marian Knighton herself was staring back at him through cold marble stone eyes [(7) right]. And StMatthewsMadonnaStatue--image-is-Lucy-GriffithsSep1713celebheightslistscom--manipwithveil-hires-oval-Apr0515GratiL-BW-stonecarving-sized-rustbkgrnBaron Guy had dropped to his knees in grief and humility, begging her for her forgiveness. He waited for a sign of his forgiveness–perhaps a shaft of light would illuminate the face of the sculpture, or she would speak to him in his mind. But though he welcomed her spirit to come forth to him, she did not. And eventually, Baron Guy realized that if his sins could not be expiated in this life, then he would pay for them in the next.  Baron Guy of Gisborne’s atonement must be made. But at what price?


After taking several days for preparations, Lady Marian is laid to rest in spirit in the Middleton Estate Family graveyard with a funeral mass and then burial service the following week with Baron Guy and his family present–including their three older children, his brother Lord Archer and Lady Saline, and Lord George and Lady Mary. Of course, there is no coffin, there is no body, there is not even a scrap of a memento of Lady Marian to bury. So Baron Guy writes to the spirit of Lady Marian, seeking her forgiveness. Baron Guy places his sealed letter in a leather pouch, and they bury that. Baron Guy does not reveal to anyone the contents of his letter to Lady Marian–only God knows what Baron Guy wrote. And Baron Guy’s heartfelt confession of his guilt and his repentance will forever be seared upon his heart.

The funeral mass and burial of Lady Marian with a temporary carved wooden grave Tuck-isDavidHarewood-inRH3epi1_087_Apr0815ranet-sizedmarker–until a carved stone marker is made to replace it–is a solemn occasion, lead by Brother Tuck who is visiting them on his way to the Holy Land on a delayed mission for the late King Richard. The solemn and spiritual Brother Tuck [(8) right] intones a final prayer for the memorial service as he glances sorrowfully at Baron Guy of Gisborne.

Brother Tuck: “We commit the soul of our sister, Lady Marian Knighton, to your tender care our heavenly father.   Her young spirit of generosity and compassion has touched all of our lives and she will be remembered. Give her soul repose from the pain of our temporal world, even as you give us peace as we are still in it. And with your promise of eternal life, we look forward to seeing her again when heaven opens its gates for us. For all of us are sinners seeking forgiveness. And through your son, you have granted us that forgiveness.”

Brother Tuck emphasizes God’s forgiveness, because he knows that the ashen faced Baron Guy of Gisborne needs to believe that he will be forgiven and enter heaven and be with his family one day. For that is Baron Guy’s greatest worry, that when he dies, he will spend eternity in purgatory alone, separated from those whom he loves. Baron Guy can bear many things, but not being alone again–as he was in the months after killing Lady Marian. Baron Guy was a bereft and friendless creature then, only saved from oblivion by the love of his Lady Rose.

Then the burial service concludes after the shallow grave is filled in and dirt covers over the leather pouch with Sir Guy’s letter in it. And they place flowers about the carved wooden marker–that will be replaced by a stone marker in due course–which simply says “Lady Marian Knighton, 1174 – 1194, A pure heart”.   And then they all walk back to the manor for refreshments.

Brother Tuck reaches out and clasps Baron Guy’s forearm as the ten and a half year old Seth Gisborne and the four year old Louis Gisborne stand next to their father.   And little Louis holds onto his Papa’s other hand and leans into his tall father’s legs.

Br. Tuck: “You have done well to honor Lady Marian in this way, My Son.” Br. Tuck intones sincerely.

Baron Guy: “Thank you, Br. Tuck.” Baron Guy nods humbly. Honoring Lady Marian in this way is but a small measure of his undying love and respect for her– and of his guilt over killing her.

Brother Tuck nods and walks back to the manor before he departs on his journey. Now it is just the Gisborne men–father and sons Seth and Louis. Baron Guy lifts his sleepy four year old son Louis into his arms as they walk back toward the manor.

Louis: Little Louis, squeezes his father’s neck and looks up at him with a shy adoring smile. “Papa? Seth has a question.” And little Louis is equally curious. Yet, in true brotherly fashion, he gets his brother to ask the question.

Baron Guy looks at his youngest son in his arms–still a sweet cherub of a boy at this point with his auburn hair so like his mother’s–but piercing blue eyes like his father. And then his gaze turns to his eldest son Seth, growing up strong and true–dark haired like his father, sometimes impulsive, but with his mother’s even temper.

Baron Guy:  “Yes, Seth?”

Seth: Seth coughs in nervousness to be put on the spot. “Kkkhh! Well Papa, we wondered who was the Lady Marian who died? I did not know of her.” Children are simple souls who get right to the heart of the matter.

But for Baron Guy of Gisborne, who Lady Marian was is complicated by who she was to him. And as far as his children know, their Mama was and is his only love. And technically, that is true. Because Baron Guy now realizes how inadequate his love was for Lady Marian, compared to his love for his wife and now his Baroness, the Lady Roseanna. His Lady Rose is everything to him–his confidante, his confessor, his mistress of merriment, his calm center, and his loving heart.

Nor, Baron Guy realizes, had Lady Marian loved him then–not even a little. But his beloved Lady Roseanna loves him fiercely–heart and mind and body and soul. He has only known love and happiness with his dear wife Lady Rose and the family that they have created together.   Thus, he cannot compare the two ladies, only contrast them. But he summons a response for his sons as they walk back to their manor home–him carrying a sleepy Louis in his arms.

Baron Guy:   Softly, he begins. “The Lady Marian Knighton was a lady whom I knew many years ago.” He does not say to his sons that he killed her. For Baron Guy knows that it would cause his sons distress. But he does add. “Before I met and married your Mama.”

Seth: “Oh.” Seth nods his head. But he thinks that his father must have thought well of the Lady Marian to honor her with burial this day. Then he looks up penetratingly at his father. “Was she a good lady?”

Baron Guy: “She was a very good lady–full of kindness and compassion for others.” He nods. And he realizes that though she would often encourage him to think of others, such as the villagers, her compassion was never directed at him. Then Baron Guy adds as an afterthought. “Seth, she had even held you once when you were a little baby.”

Seth: “She did?” Seth asks in astonishment. Baron Guy nods, remembering that Robin Hood’s outlaws had found and saved baby Seth who had been left in the woods to die by Sheriff Vasey’s men.   “Will you tell me, us, about her, Papa?”

Seth tilts his head toward his sleeping baby brother sucking his thumb as has his other arm tightly winds around his father’s neck in his sleep. As they reach Gisborne-Middleton Manor, Baron Guy smiles at the unyielding grip that the little fellow has on him–it is exceeded only by the strong bond of love that his father has for him. Baron Guy kisses his sleeping son Louis’ forehead and gently places him into his nurse’s waiting arms to take the little boy to his bedroom for his nap.

Baron Guy: “Hhhhh! Someday, Seth, perhaps. But for now, all you need to know is that Lady Marian had kind blue-green eyes, and that she helped people in trouble.” Baron Guy voices this statement with some finality, hoping that his explanation will be sufficient for his son Seth, for now. For the growing Seth has an eager inquisitive mind about all things.

Seth: Sensing his father’s sorrow, Seth relents. “Alright, Papa. I will pray tonight for the good Lady Marian with kind blue-green eyes.” Seth has not met anyone before with blue-green eyes. The people he has met have eyes that are either blue or green, or most often, brown. So her blue-green eyes sound intriguing to him.

Placing his hand upon Seth’s shoulder, Baron Guy looks deeply into his eldest son’s eyes and Guy-isRichardArmitage-almost-smiling_RH3epi12_023_Apr0815ranethe almost smiles, but not quite [(9) right]. Yet Baron Guy does not look as sad as he has felt recently.

Baron Guy: “Thank you, Seth. Lady Marian would like that.” Baron Guy could not be prouder of the strong and compassionate young man his son Seth is growing up to be. Though Baron Guy would take little credit for his son’s character–giving it mostly to his beloved wife Lady Rose–Seth idolizes his strong and good Papa, Baron Guy.

And somehow knowing that he and his family honor Lady Marian’s memory, gives Baron Guy a growing sense of peaceful resignation. Baron Guy believes that whenever death takes him is when his sins will be called to account–and not a moment sooner. So this life that is his now, is for the living. And he will focus upon that–his wife and his children–and he will endeavor to make their lives joyful and love filled.

With tears in her eyes, Lady Roseanna stands a few feet away holding onto the hands of their six year old daughter Lady Helen and their two year old daughter Lady Sarah–waiting for her husband to join them as she sees him walking toward them. Then the girls’ nurse collects them and takes them inside the manor. Lady Roseanna gazes hopefully at her husband Baron Guy. She prays that, in time, their having honored and remembered Lady Marian this day will help bring solace to the troubled heart of her husband, Baron Guy.

Baron Guy walks up to his wife Lady Roseanna and takes her loosely into his arms before they are yet inside the manor and on public display again for their visitors. Then he leans his head down and rests is forehead upon her forehead, finding comfort and solace in her touch.

Lady Roseanna: “How are you, My Love?”

Baron Guy:   “I am … I will be well, My Rose. Thank you!” He sighs gratefully.

Lady Roseanna: “What have I done to earn your thanks, my Husband?” She smiles at him caringly as she caresses his stubbled face with her hand.
Baron Guy: “You loved me when no one did. You showed me that I could find a purpose in my life beyond personal ambition. You honored a dead woman whom you will never meet, because she had meaning for me once. And you gave me our wonderful children–gifts so precious that none can compare.”

Lady Roseanna: “These precious gifts and love you have given me in equal measure, My Love.”Guy-and-Roseanna-kissing-areRichardArmitage-andDanielaDenby-Ashe-inNorth&South-epi4-340-Jan0114ranet-sized-brt-crop2brt

Baron Guy and his Lady Rose embrace and then kiss sweetly, tenderly, adoringly, and passionately [(10) right] –their love a healing balm between them, and especially for Baron Guy of Gisborne.

Yet what neither Lady Rose nor Baron Guy can know is that Lady Marian will not remain buried in Sir Guy Baron of Gisborne’s past. And for Baron Guy, his now perfect life and family will be turned upside down when an old spectre from his past misdeeds returns to haunt him–and has the potential to put his and his extended family’s future happiness in jeopardy.

Because the Gisborne’s are not the only family in possible distress this month of May 1199. As King John strives to make a marriage match that will bring only fleeting joy to the parties involved.

To be continued with Chapter 23


                       “Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3), Ch. 22 References, April 10, 2015 Gratiana Lovelace (Post #729)

1) My story cover for “Sir Guy’s Atonement” is a composite image of:
a) Sir Guy portrayed by Richard Armitage found at richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasonthree/Episodefive/slides/5_086.jpg (crop-hair-manip-hi-res);  and
b) The spectre image of Lady Marian is that of Lucy Griffiths who portrayed Lady Marian in the BBC series Robin Hood from 2006-2009 and was found at Hamilton Hodell Talent Management at http://www.hamiltonhodell.co.uk/cv/client_lucy-griffiths_id_100044.htm; image found at


2a) Baron Guy descending into his nightmare of killing Lady Marian in the Holy Land is Richard Armtiage in Robin Hood, series 3, epi 6, pix 15 found at richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasonthree/Episodesix/slides/ep6_0013.JPG

2b) Baron Guy thrashing about with his nightmare of killing Lady Marian in the Holy Land is Richard Armtiage in Robin Hood, series 3, epi 6, pix 15 found at richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasonthree/Episodesix/slides/ep6_0010.JPG

3) Lady Marian (portrayed by Lucy Griffiths) using her body as a shield to protect King Richard from Sir Guy (portrayed by Richard Armitage) killing him was found at richardarmitagecentral.co.uk/main.php?g2_itemId=58547&

4) Lady Marian (portrayed by Lucy Grifiths) standing in front of Sir Guy’s sword point to protect King Richard from Sir Guy killing him was found at richardarmitagecentral.co.uk/main.php?g2_itemId=58577&

5) Sir Guy (portrayed by Richard Armitage) recoiling in abject remorse about killing Lady Marian was found at richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasontwo/Episode1213/slides/rh212_213_122.jpg

6) Lady Roseanna Gisborne in Noah is Emma Watson found at http://images.dailyexpress.co.uk.s3.amazonaws.com/img/dynamic/79/590x/secondary/98020.jpg (broken link)

7) The image of Lady Marian’s countenance as the Madonna figure of St. Matthew’s Church in Locksley manip is a composite image of:
a) Lucy Griffiths who portrayed Lady Marian in the BBC series Robin Hood from2006-2009 and was found at Hamilton Hodell Talent Management at http://www.hamiltonhodell.co.uk/cv/client_lucy-griffiths_id_100044.htm;
b) and of a modified wimple that was masked from http://www.aveleyman.com/ActorCredit.aspx?ActorID=4524; for more about wimples, vist http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wimple;

8) Brother Tuck is David Harewood found at richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasonthree/Episodeone/slides/1_087.jpg

9) Baron Guy gazing at his growing son Seth is Richard Armtiage in Robin Hood, series 3, epi 12, pix 13 found at richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/RobinHood/album/seasonthree/episodetwelve/slides/12_023.jpg

10) Cropped image representing Sir Guy and Lady Roseanna kissing is of John Thornton (as portrayed by Richard Armitage) and Margaret Hale (as portrayed by Daniella Denby-Ashe) in the BBC’s 2004 Production of North & South, episode 4, pix 340 was found at richardarmitagenet.com/images/gallery/nands/album/episode4/slides/ns4-340.html


“Sir Guy’s Atonement” (Book 3), Previous Ch. 21 Blog Link with embedded illustrations (Post#728)

https://gratianads90.wordpress.com/2015/04/06/ sir-guys-atonement-book-3-ch-21-pg-13-d-forgiveness-is-an-illusory-dream-part-1-april-6-2015-gratiana-lovelace-post-728


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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