- Feb 23, 2008
"Then was over all England such a token seen as no man ever saw before. Some men said that it was the comet, which others call the long-haired star...” – The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, entry for 1066
The passage of time is not some linear conduit of faceless, nameless dates and facts, as it is so often portrayed. No, it is an endless and immeasurable concourse of human existence, in which we are born, we live, we love, and eventually we die. The sun and moon pass continually overhead, while the stars keep their eternal vigil until at last they too fall from their place in the heavens. Though to our mortal minds this vastness of eternity seems indeed to be utterly immutable, yet every tiny person born into its cosmic recesses will forever leave their mark upon it. And so it is that the smallest, most insignificant of actions can change the entire course of human history in the blink of an eye, and we are brought now to another world, another future, another chance at life.
It has been far too long since I have had an active AAR going --I feel as though I shall burst if I don’t get some of these ideas out. Therefore I have decided to finally return to some old stomping grounds. This tale is a renewal of an old story that is very close to my heart, Æthelan: a Tale of Kings. A few of you may remember it, although it has been several years since I first worked on it. I am now retooling and revisiting some of my old ideas so that this story can get the ending that it deserves. As I currently lack the time to give this tale the full narrative treatment it merits, much of this story will be in history-book format, although there will certainly be narrative interludes.
The Anglo-Saxon word Æðelan (which I use in all my Saxon AARs) is an adjective that means "having noble qualities." It is a variant of more familiar terms like the noun æðel ("noble") and the verb æðelian ("to ennoble"). If you are unfamiliar with Old English and are wondering how the title is pronounced, here is a quick guide: "short A" as in "apple" + the word "the" + the word "lawn."
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Harold II (1066-)
Prologue: Edith's Lament
Chapter 1: Day of Blood
Interlude: Year's End, 1066
Chapter 2: The Gentle Swan
Chapter 3: From War to Witan
Chapter 4: The Norseman's Heirs
Chapter 5: Sons of the Bastard (Coming Soon)