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Lady Faulconbridge is a lady of Northamptonshire and widow of Sir Robert Faulconbridge. 

Some years ago, when her husband was off on an embassy, she had a brief fling with the then-king, Richard Coeur-de-Lion (the Lionhearted), which resulted in the birth of her son Philip; her second son, Robert, was born to her actual husband. When she hears that her two sons have gone to court to work out who should be the heir, she rushes after to defend her honor. She insists that Philip is legitimate until she hears that he has denied his name himself and been knighted, upon which she immediately admits that he is indeed a bastard, though she insists that it took King Richard some time to seduce her. 

 

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