7. How will anyone find out Aethelhelm had a role in Aelswith’s poisoning?
Speaking of the poisoning, it’s hard to overlook that Aethelhelm seems to be at the top of the court right now. He has the king’s ear and he thinks his biggest threat is out of the picture. He was certainly confident in the finale as he walked down the corridor eating an apple.
Bad deeds have to come back to haunt people eventually, right? Is it possible that his role in Aelswith’s poisoning (and presumed death) will be found out?
The only way that this is possible is by his daughter or grandson saying something. His daughter might if she was backed into a corner. If her father starts pushing his agenda in a way that doesn’t suit hers, she may tell the truth just to see him taken down. Blood doesn’t run that thick with some of these characters.
The grandson could say something accidentally. While he is young and wouldn’t have understood everything, he could remember that Aethelhelm had purple flowers. He may have seen the flowers put in the jug that his grandmother drank from.
Children can end up saying things without thinking. They don’t realize what they’re saying or the weight of their words. This could certainly be a plausible way for the truth to come out.