The Knautschlings - part 7
Following Asbjörn´s England adventure not all of his vassals are all that loyal.
Some of them feel that with the Danish armies still being scattered throughout the North Sea
now is their time to strike and break free from Asbjörn´s rule.
A pitiful notion considering Asbjörn is the main character of this tale and they are not
even mentioned by name till now. Or in the future for that matter.
Most active are the Dukes in the area of the former kingdoms Sweden and Norway.
However they do not manage to forge a unified military front and with every Duke just fighting
in his own little miserable area of land they will soon be forced in line by Asbjörn one at a time.
Asbjörn is not shocked by such things, he believes his rule to have divine support.
And because he does think in this way he has no second thoughts about craving a large financial contribution
from the vassals still loyal to him - even while the civil war still lasts.
According to a rumor that will spread through the court soon Chancellor Jorunn calls Asbjörn
the most ignorant fool she has ever met in her entire life right to his face when he announces that decision.
The fact that she is not punished will lead most of the courtiers to thinking that the rumor is untrue,
but as the narrator I can tell you that it will describe the event exactly as it happens right now.
As to why Asbjörn does not punish her I do not have much explanation, except that not all things
in life do in fact make sense.
Shortly afterwards Asbjörn catches a disease and dies.
I tell it swiftly as it happens swiftly, life is hard in medieval times.
So it happens that five year old Faste, unlikely son of a woman in her forties is now the
ruler of a Kingdom.
A difficult task for someone who has not even learned how to sleep alone yet.
You can imagine how many people offer "advice" to a child King
like Faste, and he eagerly accepts most of it.
Faste obviously does not care for Power or for Denmark for all that matters, he is still a child.
Not one of the unusual mature kind I might add.
And frankly I believe that at this point you do agree with me when I tell you that were this a tale
about the real world and not one about a video game we would now probably see Asbjörn´s Empire
magnificently collapsing like a house of cards.
In this tale Faste living the peaceful life of a child and at the same time steering
Denmark through the end of it´s civil war does not have to surprise you, though.
In late summer 1231 the civil war has almost come to an end.
And Faste is admired by many for achieving this already at his age which accounts to eight years
at the end of this chapter.