Much: Sire, Prince John is calling the Bishop of Black Canons to proclaim him king
in Nottingham tomorrow.
Robin: How'd you learn this?
Much: Lady Marian overheard. They've taken her for treason.
She's been condemned to the block (condemned by the court?) for warning us.
King Richard: He wouldn't dare execute the king's ward.

BTW was there really a Black Canons abbey?

BTW was there really a Black Canons abbey?

Have a look here.


Colchester is 180 kms. from Nottingham.

Condemned to death by beheading. The block is what you put your head/neck on before being executed.
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Thank you, Clive and ferdis!