Amyer de Valence intended to keep custody of Piers and take him to his castle at Wallingford. Stopping at Deddington, Oxford, for the night, Amyer had no cause for concern in entrusting Piers to a light, armed guard, while he headed to Bampton to visit his wife, Beatrice. If only he'd taken Piers with him! Maybe he had found Piers a tiresome prisoner, or maybe that well-known arrogance had begun to seriously grate on him, or more likely he just wanted some privacy with his wife. Neither he nor Piers could have known that Guy, Earl of Warwick, had been keeping a careful eye on events, and with a thirst for revenge, and no doubt expecting Piers to wriggle out of any punishment that might be meted out to him, Warwick seized his chance and arrived at Deddington while Amyer was away. The horror Piers must have felt when he realised he was now in the custody of a very different jailer can only be imagined at. And yet, did he think that Amyer de Valence's oath would ensure his survival? How wrong he was! Piers was taken to Warwick castle - where another deadly enemy awaited him, Thomas of Lancaster.
|The imposing entrance to Warwick Castle.|
|The dungeon at Warwick Castle - it seems likely that Warwick would have kept Piers here rather than in some better chamber.|