abjure
renounce
asseverate
affirm
auditory
assembly of listeners
bailiff
a legal agent who executes writs and processes and carries out arrests and seizure of property
candour
euphemism for nakedness
chit
an impudent young girl
confabulations
discussions
crenelated
featuring indentations through which missiles may be fired
evocation
an act of evoking or calling something to mind
grandees
persons of high rank or eminence
hassock
an upholstered cushion upon which worshippers kneel
helm
tiller used to steer a ship; hence a position of control
importunate
annoyingly persistent in making demands
inductions
surmises supported by the existing evidence but not the inevitable conclusion of it
interdict
an order of prohibition
interlocutress
a woman taking part in a dialogue
lights
understanding
lugubriously
mournfully
measures
dances, usually of a slow and stately nature but here implying greater vigour
mot
witticism
muff
a foolish and feeble person
naif
ingenuous
passed
to be accepted as holding an identity of which the individual cultivates an appearance
pinch
critical juncture
port
harbour; hence one’s destination
precipitately
prematurely
precocity
unusual intellectual advancement
prevaricated
evaded
princes of the blood
male descendents of the ruling monarch
Raison de plus
all the more reason
send
dispatch a message
sentinel
a guard employed to keep watch and prevent prisoners escaping
sequestration
withdrawal into solitude
sinecure
a position requiring little work which confers high status
sound
investigate
soundings
information ascertained as a preliminary to taking action
specious
spurious
venial
excusable
visitant
supernatural being or apparition