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As early day of war went by King Bad began to fortify. He built a Castle, stern and tall, And reinforced the outer wall. He dug a moat all round about And stocked it up with rainbow trout. Across the moat there could be seen A drawbridge, this was also green. It did not always work, but that Was hardly to be wondered at Two of the winders every day Were Agents, men in King Good’s pay. The third, a simple minded wight, Knew not his left hand from his right, And though quite loyal to the Crown He neither knew his up from down.  The Queen remarked, they knew she would, In no uncertain terms, ‘King Good,’ Ever the tireless autocrat, ‘Would certainly have none of that. He would decide that those in town Should see it going up and down, One fosters civic pride that way.’ Then, for the third time in one day, Maddened by what had gone before, King Bad declared another war. Outside the outer castle wall A coster kept a market stall From which he vended fruit and veg. Hidden nearby behind a hedge, He had a small, well ordered, troop Of homing pigeons in a coop. Outwardly honest on the whole The coster really was a Mole, Trained to discover and report All information of the sort Which, when interpreted, could bring Advantage to the other King. King Good, most anxious to posses State secrets, which he could assess With the intention to reveal His enemy’s Achilles’ Heel, Received a coded note to say, “He bought a pound of pears today.” In King Good’s Court, it must be said,

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A PAIR OF KINGS  

Medieval hegemony and bread making for the under fives

A PAIR OF KINGS  

Medieval hegemony and bread making for the under fives

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