He leans forward in the saddle, removing his hat as he speaks to the king. ‘We can go before our time to Basing House, let me send a fast man to warn William Paulet. Then, so as not to burden him, to Elvetham for a day?
Bring Up the Bodies by Hilary Mantel
What does 'before our time' mean here? It seems like 'before it gets dark'. Am I guessing it right?