and Queen Marguerite lived in a royal palace. They wore royal crowns and
royal robes and ate royal food, but all of their royal subjects thought
they were a royal pain.
King Marmaduke went to the window of his royal palace and summoned his
subjects to bring him food. He didn't want just any food. He wanted
truffles, chocolate eclairs, raspberry tarts, steak and kidney pies and
hot loaves of wheat bread. If his subjects didn't bring what he wanted,
he made them go to the royal cathedral and clean the stained glass
went to the royal cathedral every day and supervised the unfortunate
souls who'd been sent there to clean. She went from window to window,
examining every piece of glass, making sure it sparkled like diamonds.
If it didn't, she assign that person an even worse job, like scrubbing
the stone floors, or polishing the wooden pews. If they didn't do that
right, she made them brush her hair or clip her toenails.
Needless to say,
the royal subjects weren't too fond of the king and queen.
One day, just
after sunrise, King Marmaduke went to his window. He ordered his royal
trumpeteers to sound their trumpets, calling his subjects to the royal
palace. They did as ordered, but much to King Marmaduke's surprise, not
one subject showed up. He commanded the trumpets to be blown once more,
but still no subjects showed up. “This is very odd. Where is every
body?” He looked down on the town and saw nobody walking about. “I think
I shall go into town and see what my royal subjects are up to. This is
Marguerite went to the royal cathedral nobody was there polishing the
stained glass windows. The cathedral stood quiet. “How odd. Where is
everyone?” She wandered up and down the aisles and then went to find the
king. She caught him about to leave the royal palace. “Marmaduke, where
are you off to?”
up this morning. I'm going to find my subjects and see why. Would you
like to come with me?” King Marmaduke put his arm out and his wife put
hers under it.
They went into
the town. Each house was quiet. There was no smoke coming out of the
chimneys, no smell of food, nothing, not even a dog or cat. When they
reached the last house they saw a note pinned to the door.
Marmaduke and Queen Marguerite,
As your royal
subjects, we are tired of being your slaves. We have moved away to
another village and won't come back unless you promise to stop making us
bring you food and polish the stained glass windows in the royal
cathedral. Until then, you can do everything yourself.
simply horrible. We must think about it,” Queen Marguerite said. She and
the king went to the cathedral. “I suppose we could hire someone to
clean the windows once a week instead of forcing our royal subjects to
“I suppose I
could hire a cook to fix all the meals instead of commanding our
subjects to bring us food.” The king sighed.
He ordered one
of his squires to post a notice on every door in the town. The next day
when King Marmaduke stood on his balcony, he watched all his royal
subjects moving back into their houses. Never again did he make them
bring him food. He started being nicer to them and inviting them to the
palace for banquets.
The queen hired
a villager to clean the windows in the cathedral. She paid him money
from the royal treasury. The windows sparkled and the queen smiled.
subjects were happier and the king and queen were too.