One of the few stories that survive from Alfred's early life relates that his mother, Osburh, showed her sons a beautifully illuminated volume of Saxon poetry and promised to make a gift of it to the first of them who was able to read it. Alfred quickly learned to read it aloud, and was made a gift of the book when he was only six years old. Bishop Asser tells the story of how as a
Under gloomy sky a huge fortress looms on a volcanic mountainside. From within WE HEAR the agonizing scream of a woman giving birth.
INT. NOCKMAAR CASTLE - DAY
The scream continues as WE MOVE THROUGH the grim corridors of the castle TOWARD stairs leading down to a dungeon.
INT. DUNGEON - DAY
Silhouetted in sadows, three Nockmaar MINIONS stand guard. In a jail cell, sex fully pregnant WOMEN watch
of a place, traversed by a huge beam.
Good, good. And your sister...
Catherine -- shes still your best
Oh yes, my sisters just... shes...
FLASH: Jeannes sister CATHERINE (18) sits near her
mother, spinning wool.
And what about your other friends...
you dont like playing with them?
Oh yes, I play with them... lots...
FLASH: Jeanne is battling against
Give me back my rice, you little thief.
- Excuse me, but might I inspect that?
- Go ahead.
Mmm? My God!
But this is a lump of pure gold,
you silly woman!
However, if its money you want, Ill pay for
the rice and take this nugget off your hands.
What do ya say?
My good people, is there a money changer
who could tell us how much this is worth?
No? All right.
Now, Im just a monk, bu
1 EXT. MOUNTAINS, NEAR GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - NIGHT
The snow covered Alps stand out clearly in the light of a full
moon. A fortress-like CHATEAU is situated in a flat saddle of
forest partway up the mountain, next to a frozen lake. The
property is surrounded by high stone walls, and the stately
grounds are bathed in floodli