I have decided to start a new AAR this weekend. I will continue my other AAR to, but since the game on which that AAR is based is finished (or more precisely I have achieved the goals I wanted to), I have had the time to play some other games. And it is weird playing a CK game now, without making an AAR about it
Especially since this new AAR will be very special to me, since it will feature my hometown Zutphen.
For some, unknown reason, Paradox has failed to include the county of Zutphen in the game . Instead of that they have chosen to put the county of Gelre in that place, which of course is totally wrong
So I have modified the game accordingly, so that I now can play the game as the count of Zutphen in 1066.
Zutphen, was a important place in the middle ages. The place had been inhabited for more then a 1,000 years already. The town is located on IJssel river, (the latin word for IJssel is Isala) and there is a theory that the name of the Salian Franks comes from the fact that those Franks live alongside the Isala-river.
In the middle of the 9th century, Zutphen has been sacked thoroughly by the Vikings, but the city recovered and became important again in the early 11th century. The first count, or more precisely lord of Zutphen was a man named Otto von Hammerstein, he was a member of an import German family called the Conradiner.
Recent archelogical findings in Zutphen have uncovered an 'Imperial Palts' (palace). And there is reason to believe that Zutphen was for a short while a residence of the Holy Roman Emperors.
The AAR starts with Conrad/Cuno (Koenraad) van Zutphen, a grand-child of the count Otto I through the female line. Conrad was made duke of Bavaria in 1049 by emperor Heinrich III. And since Heinrich didn't have a son at that time, Conrad was a possible successor, since Conrad, was at that time the eldest living male decendent from Emperor Otto II (died in 983)
But things went badly for Conrad and he rebelled against Heinrich III and he died in Hungary in 1055. His cause of death is unknown, but probably he died from some disease.
Conrad as duke of Bavaria, was married to Judith von Schweinfurt, a daughter of Otto von Schweinfurt who was the duke of Swabia, who didn't have any sons. So a child by Conrad and Judith might have become duke of Bavaria and Swabia.
If things had gone a little differently, Conrad might as well had become the emperor after Heinrich III, starting the house 'van Zutphen' which would have made Zutphen, world-famous
The game itself will start with count Otto II van Zutphen, a nephew of Conrad. Otto II was born somewhere between 1050 - 1055, he is known in history as Otto 'the Rich'. I have chosen as his birthyear, 1050 and have given him the 'midas-touched' trait. Otto II will start with a claim to the duchy of Bavaria only.
In real life, Otto II would marry to Judith von Supplinburg, a sister of Lothar von Supplinburg who was to become Holy Roman Emperor from 1125 to 1137. But at that time Otto II was already dead (died in 1113)
This game is played with patch 1.05 plus my modifications.
Otto and his living relatives can be found in the official patch 1.05 to, they are courtiers in the county of Gelre, that is all I could achieve for them so far.
Prelude ‘The Death of Duke Conrad van Zutphen’
Chapter 1 ‘The marriage’
Chapter 2 ‘Family quarrels’
Chapter 3 'Time for intrigue'
Chapter 4 ‘Adalheid decides to do nothing’
Chapter 5 ‘A new marshal’
Chapter 6 ‘Gebhard van Zutphen’
Chapter 7 ‘The end of the van Braunschweigs’
Chapter 8 ‘Another plot takes shape’
Chapter 9 ‘Otto at the height of his power’
Chapter 10 ‘Count Bruno van Zutphen’
Chapter 11 ‘The final chapter.’