A man was dead – Bartholomew, the possessed musician . The covenant knew him to be a murderer, but with no trial to prove that and no evidence beyond their word, doubts were cast on the truth of their claim. Palladius surrendered himself to the justices, and was arrested for the crime of murderer.
But he did not go without a plan. Getting word to his associates in the church, he arranged to be tried in an ecclesiastic court – away from Lord Philip and his need to see justice done. So he travelled to Venice, and was tried there under the eyes of the Catholic church.
And he was pronounced innocent . As if there was ever any doubt…Bartholomew had, after all, been possessed. And that alone meant he was a clear danger. Of course the jury could see that.
Bishop Enrico, however, was furious. The church was not a tool to be used by errant conjurers, and Palladius would know that – just as surely as he would know how deep a debt he would eventually have to repay.