'Coming to the village early one Saturday, he entered the gate of the courtyard and surrounded the chamber. Then the earl called out in a loud voice: 'Arise traitor, thou art taken'. When Piers heard this, seeing that the earl was there with a superior force and that his own guard did not resist, he dressed himself and came down. In this fashion Piers was taken and led forth not as an earl but as a thief; and he who used to ride on a palfrey is now forced to go on foot.
When they had left the village behind a little, the earl ordered Piers to be given a nag that they might proceed more quickly. Blaring trumpets followed Piers and the horrid cry of the populance. They had taken off his belt of knighthood, and a sa thief and traitor, he was taken to Warwick, and coming there was cast into prison. He whom Piers called Warwick the Dog has now bound Piers with chains'.
Having visited Warwick Castle, I have seen the dungeon at Warwick. It forms part of a tower where the noblest prisoners were kept. We're merely told that Warwick has Piers thrown into prison - and I have the feeling it was not the tower where the noblest prisoners were kept. Vindictiveness and hatred of Piers, particularly regarding his elevation to Earl of Cornwall, surely meant that Warwick cast him into the dungeon at Warwick. He certainly took pleasure in stripping Piers of his belt, which signified his earldom, and humiliating him all the way to Warwick, so why stop at Warwick castle? Piers, no doubt, must have surely known he was doomed, and no doubt was in deep despair.
|Inside the dungeon at Warwick castle. This is not the dungeon where prisoners of noble blood were kept.|
|In the dungeon is a small hole, in which the lowest rank of prisoners were kept. It is to be hoped that Warwick showed some mercy to Piers and did not keep him in this 'oubliette'.|