- Dec 23, 2013
True, but Beatriz wouldn't have been stupid enough to launch a surprise war when Folques was caught out on another warfront. She also better understood the political landscape than Ælfflæd, who basically got railroaded into this by her bishop and council. Folques would have showed up, but he would have rained down every choice insult Geoffrey employed here, and more, to her face, on the battlements, in front of everyone, before heading out to chop heads off XD.Oh my... Geoffrey II is awfully good at alienating those closest to him, even Foulques likely would've joined a wife's war with little hesitation, if only to project strength and to protect his progeny.... Should Berard die before Geoffrey, I would truly worry for the state of the realm... The alliance with King Karel seems an interesting prospect, for it could even be useful against the King of France... Even so, I would imagine Guilhem has plenty of good options, possibly even heiresses available to him.... Excellent chapter!
Geoffrey sooooo close to seeing through his hypocrisy by viewing things through his son's eyes, then making a 90 degree turn away to scream more profanities. So on brand, I loved it. His hysteria will reach even new heights when he finds out Ælfflæd declared war so she could get crowned earlier. It may not have been entirely genuine, but Geoffrey's point about sacrificing his men for a foreign crown is a good one, I doubt his army is enthused to haul themselves across the channel *again* after so many years in the field.
Poor sweet Guilhelm, having his fantasy of his parent's marriage ripped to shreds before his very eyes. This whole family needs a flotilla of therapists, for real! Obviously, great chapter, as always!