@ Lord Valentine
I'm glad you think so, there's more to come
@ Enewald & Gruby
Yes, he's very handy (and sort of the protagonist ), and will prove much useful later on...
Well that would be pretty much against the spirit of the king. His early participation in the Wars of Religion and the horrors he saw there as Condé's troops slaughtered Catholics shaped him into a very noble man when it came to deal with his enemies.