Fitzclarence was an extreme conservative opposed to Protector Benjamin IX's reforms, and an open enemy of fellow steadholder Honor Harrington, who in his opinion had no right to hold the office because she was a woman and a foreigner. After his ally, Brother Marchant, was banned by the Sacristy, he refused to allow the new minister to take his place and restored Marchant. He then conspired with Steadholder Mueller to sabotage the Grayson Sky Domes, Ltd. project in Mueller Steading to discredit Steadholder Harrington. The resulting collapse of the dome covering Winston Mueller Middle School caused the death of eighty-two people, including thirty children.
When it became obvious that the sabotage could be proved, he attempted to assassinate Harrington by having her pinnace shot down. However, his assassin Edward Martin, a retired Burdette armsman, accidentally killed the Reverend Julius Hanks instead. Fearing for his immortal soul, Martin gave a full confession in the presence of the Second Elder and the Protector.
When Lady Harrington named Lord Burdette as the responsible party in the Conclave of Steadholders a short time later, he proudly admitted to his actions and chose to challenge the Protector’s champion. As a Swordmaster Second, he assumed himself able to kill Harrington, in which case he would have gone free according to ancient law. However, Harrington proved to be a well-trained swordfighter, who slashed him from right hip to left sholder and then beheaded him. (HH5)
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| Steadholder Burdette |
( – 1907 PD)
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