The "White Dove" begins with a knight named Theobald who lives in the castle of Falkenbourg (now there's a hard name to pronounce) with his wife Othilia and his only child, Agnes, about eight years of age. They had lived happily for many years until the incident which I will describe. It began when Othilia & her daughter were sitting in a garden one fine day and then suddenly a small white dove flew in as if terrified. Well they ended up keeping the small bird and eventually tamed it so well that it would come to little Agnes whenever it was called. Agnes was delighted with her loyal companion and the two became fast friends. Then one day a widow, by the name of Rosalind, came to the castle with her daughter Emma in great distress. She told Theobald of how some cruel men were threatening to take her estates. Theobald drove them away. While he was gone, Emma & Agnes had the most joyful times. Theobald returned and told Rosalind that her foes had renounced their claims and would not come near her again. Rosalind was overjoyed at the news and thanked the knight greatly. Unfortunately Emma and Agnes were weeping bitterly and had it the hardest when parting. So that Emma would not forget her, Agnes gave her the white dove as a token. Some time after their parting, two pilgrims came to the castle where Rosalind & her daughter resided. They told of their journeys and how they were traveling home from the holy lands. Upon leaving the next day, both inquired of the mistress as to if she knew the knight Theobald & where he lived. She told them & they left for Falkenbourg. To help show them the way, she sent with them one of her servants. Interestingly, both of the pilgrims began conversing in Italian thinking that the boy only knew the German language. But it was not so. He himself was Italian and had been taken in by his mistress's husband before his death. Although he knew German well, he remembered his native tongue and understood what they were saying. Upon hearing their conversation, the boy was terrified and knew he must return and tell his mistress. You see, they were plotting to kill Theobald and massacre his castle. (This is why I couldn't stop reading it) Anyway, I think I'll let you finish the book and I'll finish this post with a happy, cute, short & sweet Goodbye.
P.S. - I think it's a great book!