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FIRST CHAPTER

NICOLAS DES INNOCENTS

he messenger said I was to come at once. That’s how Jean Le Viste is – he expects everyone to do what he says immediately.
     And I did. I followed the messenger, stopping just briefly to clean my brushes. Commissions from Jean Le Viste can mean food on the table for weeks. Only the King says no to Jean Le Viste, and I am certainly no king.
     On the other hand, how many times have I rushed across the Seine to the rue du Four, only to come back again with no commission? It’s not that Jean Le Viste is a fickle man – on the contrary, he is as sober and hard as his beloved Louis XI once was. Humourless too. I never jest with him. It’s a relief to escape his house to the nearest tavern for a drink and a laugh and a grope to restore my spirits. ... [CONTINUED IN PRINTABLE FORMAT ]