- Dec 4, 2019
Maybe if that town didn't want to be sacked it shouldn't have kept it's portcullis open like some sort of slut.“Look, you know how this goes,” Geoffrey told her. “They were offered a chance to surrender. They did not take it. When it falls, there will be repercussions.”
In hindsight it might not have been the best idea to send the realm's most angry Duke after the noble related to virtually everyone in the Kingdom.Geoffrey sighed. Ælfflæd had demanded he speak with her over the siege of Wareham, which was happening the next county over. There Duke Foulquesson, having arrived in England in January, was laying siege to the Duke of Somerset’s main keep. And talk had already spread that the Duke of Brittany had sacked the town, and let loose havoc on all who lived within its walls.
One last ride for the Iron Duke's truest son. On the one hand I hope he dies before Haldora to spare her the pain. On the other hand the only reason to mention her or her other son in any update is for them to show up at Foulquesson's funeral.Aside from the continued effects of his leprosy, the duke had been severely wounded while fighting with Ælfflæd’s uncle, Duke Osmund of Kent, on the mainland.
Osmund had attacked some of Duke Simon’s retinue to the southeast of Toulouse back in the fall, and Foulquesson, who’d heard reports the Duke of Kent was in the area and marched his men to intercept, joined the battle late on.
Well he is already a walking corpse, might as well add more battle wounds. Foulquesson will not leave a good looking corpse, but he will leave a badass one. God I'll miss the old bastard.The result had been another resounding victory for Aquitaine, but Foulquesson had been struck by a lucky lance point during the encounter. It did not go deep, but caught the duke’s eye, which he had now lost.
Given what is to happen later "to his knees" the phrase aquires quite a different meaning.That wound had not only been the reason Foulquesson had missed capturing Osmund, or so he had claimed, but had also left the duke in a fouler mood than usual. And so Geoffrey figured he might as well use that to his advantage, recalling him to England and sending him to Wareham to hopefully bring the Duke of Somerset to his knees.
It is a miracle she has lived this long.Just under a half year ago, Lady Helie had passed. She had fallen ill in the fall, and by the start of the new year could not rise from her bed. Days later, she passed in her sleep.
Well it wasn't actually her great granddaughter, but don't tell her that. Intresting that Geoff actually knows this, and didn't think of goings on in Scotland, especially since it would affect his plans for England. What I'm trying to do is ask how the Scotish civl war resovled.But as she had told Ælfflæd before, she had enjoyed many other things, including seeing her young great-granddaughter become Empress of the Romans in her own right. It had not always been easy, but Helie claimed she lived it to the fullest, and had few regrets.
Wrong aproach. He should have pointed out that Assalide is her friend as well. However Elf will soon be Queen of England, and should probabaly choose an English girl to be amongst her ladies. Maybe the former Queen, so she can keep an eye on her. Also Geoff himself has also been faithful to Knud, and people have problems with that. They talk about how Anna might join in a murder plot, but Knud is right there, with his head somehow still attached to his body.“I think you should strongly consider Assalide for the role,” Geoffrey said.
“I should do what?” Ælfflæd asked. “She is the newest among them. Benoite and Escarlemonde have been with me for longer.”
“Escarlemonde is a known harlot, given her bastards with my uncle Charles,” Geoffrey said.
“She’s been faithful to Knud!” Ælfflæd argued.
“For some that’s not much better,” Geoffrey said. “I don’t agree, of course, I just state what is.”
“So then Benoite,” Ælfflæd said.
“There are rumors about her as well,” Geoffrey said, neglecting to mention they involved his own father. “But more to the point, her husband is a foreign-born nothing. He served my father for a time, but was replaced. Whereas Assalide is the wife to my advisor - a council member.”
Ælfflæd rolled her eyes. “A landless brother to a count who only holds status due to his father. If Berard were not your friend, he would be nothing.”
“But he is my friend,” Geoffrey said. “Which makes him something.”
Probably one who is male. For real though, Somerset's heir is a good match, as he links Geoff to some of the most prominent English Lords. Another intresting choice might be the former child Queen herself, though he should probably land Alias before that goes through. Of course Hungary is still on the table.And while he had her, he did have another thought. “You know that I look for a wife for Alias. I was wondering if there were any women in England I should consider?”
This should not come as a shock. Alphonse better pick a good bride for his second daughter, because war with Aquetaine is coming.Of course, even if Geoffrey had a preferred candidate, there was no guarantee they would be available for his brother. His early attempts at arranging a union between Alias and Princess Etiennette of the Franks had gone poorly. Far from arranging an alliance, Alphonse’s emissaries believed it would be a precursor for Geoffrey to attack the kingdom should Alphonse pass, as he had done with England.
Well one of his families. Still it is cute to see Geoff interacting with his (legitimate) daughter.And so Geoffrey obliged, enjoying what he’d gotten to experience a bit more lately - being able to actually spend time with his family. It wasn’t something that hadn't concerned him much when Guilhem was young, but ever since he’d heard his daughter laugh for the first time, he’d been aiming to make it happen over and over again.
“Last I saw, he was headed toward the stables,” Berard said.
Again, would not be all that unusual for an Angevin.“Ah, thank you then,” Geoffrey said. He paused and took a look back at Guilhem, smiling sweetly at Toda. Then he leaned in close to Berard. “Keep him from getting too close to her. You’ve heard the rumors of her parentage.”
Oh my sweet summer child. Did it ever occur to him that even if Alias wasn't gay, that he wouldn't take kindly to something like that. I mean would Geoffery like it if Alias burst through the door like Kramer when he was in the middle of banging Anna?“I’m going to catch him in the act,” Geoffrey said. “What else?”
Oh no the horror! What will become of all the little bastards that could be sent off to the clergy or married to minor nobles? Truly this is a black day for the House of Anjou.Alias was seated on a couple of small bales of hay. As Geoffrey expected, there was someone with him, on their knees before him. But when that person picked up their head, Geoffrey could immediately see from the short cut of their hair, and the beginnings of a beard, that his brother was with no woman.
“To find you to discuss…” Geoffrey began. “No! This is not about me! I was not caught coupling with… with… This is inexcusable! This is….”
(which was also hella gay.). Curious why Geoff 1 never thought of the Roman's fondness for man love. It might have helped him relate to Alias. For real though it is hilarious that after everything that happens to them some Angevins draw the line at gays. Marguerite got yelled at by her parents for being friends with a gay boy. And her parents were Aines and Adhemar.
Really Geoffery? Again, marying one of Beitriz's daughters would not be that perverse, though it would be politically unecesary and produce genetic abominations. Did the fact he was so afraid of getting married to anyone not give him a clue. And again, consider who he is named after.Of all the possibilities Geoffrey had considered, this had only briefly crossed his mind. Far more likely, he thought, was Alias desired Ælfflæd or Ana. Maybe something more perverse, like a close relative such as one of Beatritz’s daughters, or a married woman like Sarrazine. But to be a sodomite?
Yes break the cycle with Alias, no need to give up your mistresses or reconsider any of your life choices. No it must start with Alias.If he wished to break the cycle perhaps it behooved him to take strong action on Alias. Demand he never venture down that path again. Threaten he would not receive Navarra if he was caught again. Surely that would force him to re-evaluate his choices.
Geoff of all people should know about unquenchable urges. His brother might have told him that if he didn't value his future so much.“You think it is because I lacked women?” Alias asked. “You think it is something that I can just ignore?”
I'm supprsied he never talked to Uncle Guilhielm.“Of course I tried!” Alias exclaimed. “I have been trying for years! I tried confessing to the priests. I tried some of the solutions they offered. I prayed the feelings would leave me. I thought perhaps with age, I would find a lady or a girl pretty. I even went to the whore house in Sutton after I… before, when we returned from Cornwall. The best I could manage was with… she was nearly your size and perhaps stronger. But it didn’t… I couldn’t with her. I can’t with any woman.”
It's nice he cares so much. Ironically Marguerite might hate herself less for this than he thinks, given her previous acceptance.“Father would hide me,” Alias said. “Or send me to Count Alias, if he lived, to figure out how to hide it. But mother… don’t tell mother. Please. She hates herself already. I don’t want to cause her grief.”
Again, supprised he never talked with them. I suppose he worried about becoming their lovers or something and so kept away.“I can’t!” Alias shouted again, rising from his chair. But he grimaced and then fell back within it. Covering his face for a moment, he mumbled out: “Duke Guilhem. You know what they say of him. My namesake… Alias de Perigord as you point out. There are others too. I’m fairly certain our cousin Adhemar is too. I am not alone.”
I doubt Beard or Alberic or Centolh and Rogier would try walking in on each other having sex.Geoffrey lowered his gaze. “I wanted to have fun with you. For so much of our lives, I have been your king. In all of our conversations, all of our business. It is tiring. I haven’t been able to just be your brother in years. Maybe ever. I’ve seen Berard with Alberic, or Centolh and Rogier, that kinship. No politics. No titles. No land, promises or obligations. Just an older brother messing around with his younger brother. I thought it might have been nice to have such a moment with you.”
That's part of the charm. I think I get why Alias hates the Periograds so much. Anna is a walking talking reminder of his brother's hypocrisy. And Beard is a perfect Christian model who acts the part of Geoff's hetronomrative brother, a role Alias cannot play. Maybe subconcisouly he thinks his father cursed him by naming him after Alias and is taking out those issues on his children.“No, she makes the most sense, even if I don’t think you should have,” Alias said. “It’s the scullery maid. The older, fat one who worked in the kitchens. That’s the one I never got. She’s old enough to be our mother.”
Or Essa.“I know you will,” Geoffrey told him. “Just… be a little better at hiding them than I was with Sarrazine. Or Ana. Or the scullery maid.”
Notice he never acknowledged Geoff as his King.Geoffrey’s eyes widened as the words slowly processed in his mind. Your queen. Had he heard them right?
So he actually did it huh? The English have accepted Elf and not Geoff. Most of the English lands remain untouched by war. I suspect they are going to use that fact to try to force Geoff, who needs to look elsewhere, given his strategic situation, to give his wife maximal freedom of action.“Maud is ready to talk,” Somerset replied. “She will not sacrifice herself for the girl. Sigeric… I think he already looks to you, my queen. For after his wife recently passed, rather than marrying a young girl, he has married my wife’s, and your late mother’s, youngest sister, Seaxburg of Kent.”
Overall I say the English war went rather well. While the minimal devestation leaves the English lords with more leverage, it also leaves them less embittered. Only Cornwall felt the real wrath of Aquitaine.
The situation with Alphonse is troubiling. The French King might want war, so look out for whomever he marries his daughter to.