Bartholomew opened the little door that gave access to the roof, and saw Tynkell slumped on the far side.
The wind buffeted the top of the tower so hard that it was difficult to stay upright, while the slates underfoot were treacherously uneven and slick with ice. As he picked his way gingerly across them, he wondered what had induced Chancellor Tynkell to fight under such conditions.
´Matt!´ yelled Michael, hobbling up the last few stairs. ´Wait! Where is his opponent?´
Instinct had prompted Bartholomew to go to the Tynkell´s aid, and the possibility that he might be in danger himself had not crossed his mind. He looked around in alarm, but the roof was deserted.
´He is not here,´ he called back. ´He must have fallen over the edge.´
He reached Tynkell and shook his shoulder. There was no response. Alarmed, he felt for a life-beat, and then stared in shock when he could not find one.
´He is dead,´ he whispered in stunned disbelief. ´The Chancellor is dead.´
Susanna Gregory was a police officer in Leeds before taking up an academic career. She has served as an environmental consultant during seventeen field seasons in the polar regions, and has taught comparative anatomy and biological anthropology.
She is the creator of the Matthew Bartholomew series of mysteries set in medieval Cambridge and the Thomas Chaloner adventures in Restoration London, and now lives in Wales with her husband, who is also a writer.