I have a few questions for the community regarding revolting vassals (specifically Dukes). First I should give a little background on the campaign that is puzzling me.
I started as the Duke of Anjou and in the first generation I picked away at the ducal claims that I had aside from the one on William the Conqueror. At the second generation France was embroiled in a civil war over crown authority plus succession law. I used my alliances to claim the Kingdom of France for my own, leaving the previous king with minor holdings in Sardinia.
Anyways the now Duke turned King had plenty of brothers and were eventually given some nice titles as the kingdom was quelled and reorganized. Skipping ahead the king dies giving way to his 8 year old son (3rd generation). The young king has brothers, sisters, cousins and uncles that should be relatively interested in his maintenance of authority. The succession brings about a few revolts including an uncle trying to claim the throne; pretty reasonable reaction in my estimation. I was backed by the strong Dukes of Toulouse, Aquitaine, Poitou and Anjou; therefore all the revolts were quelled no problem. Now I have a few prisoners and within two years I released the majority as a gesture of goodwill to my vassals. From the age of 9 to 11 following these developments I faced multiple revolts from the same uncle and all the dukes I handed nice territory. Usually these were the result of various types of plots. The only loyal people are the old de jure dukes.
Taking this in mind, why would the vassals that I invested keep revolting, despite their consecutive losses? It seems to me that wars initiated by plots donít result in the regular peace time and if not shouldnít they suffer from the same multiple declaration penalties?
Also why isnít releasing an imprisoned vassal shortly after war reflected as a very generous thing in the game? These people keep revolting and even when they do so three times, I still suffer penalties from executing them. I mean what king (even then) would be unjustified in executing or banishing such a vassal?
Anyone else have similar experiences, thoughts or insights they wish to share?
Thanks in advance,