The Duke de Segotia rules his land with an iron fist. He views his tenants as property, and uses them thusly. The tenants have no recourse with the higher powers of the realm, as they are often the Duke’s guests at his entertainments.
The Duke had had her brought to the dungeon and thrown into chains. He just can’t remember why. Wanting to make sure her punishment fits her offense, she sits until the Duke can recall her crime. His associates are allowed to entertain her, as long as there’s no permanent damage.