||Jehan, Seigneur de la Tour du Lac,
is typical of many Huguenot captains demobilized by the end of the French
religious wars in the 1590s. He has bought some property and settled
down in a little chateau in the Dordogne Valley near St. Foye. He
keeps his Maison Rustique next to La Bible and is busy molding
himself into the role of a country squire after years on campaign. He is
not really the same guy that kept a tavern in Calais for so many years.
Jeanne-Marie, the cook, rules his
kitchen with an iron hand. She's learned some of the new Italian
cuisine but cooks with the foods of the region.
Master Luke Knowlton, is an old
companion of M. Jehan from the Warres who served in the Normandy Campaign
with Essex. After being invalided out of the army, he has gotten
into the wine trade and taken up residence in the neighborhood. He is generously
providing the downstairs feast for the peasants.