Here we see an English messenger bringing the news of Harold’s capture to Duke William. Two messengers [1][2] are sent by Duke William to meet with Guy and negotiate Harold’s release. This scene takes place at Duke William’s Castle in Rouen. After the conquest William spent much of his time in Rouen, where Robert ‘Short Hose’, his unruly son, was creating unrest. His demands for independence resulted in open rebellion in which Robert attacked the Castle of Rouen. Another of Aesop's Fables ‘The Goat and the Goatherd’ appears in the lower border. The moral to this fable is ‘Do not attempt to hide things which cannot be hid’.