Sword of Rheged
- Oct 1, 2008
This is the first ever CK AAR to use the AuthAAR GFX Kit made by TRP. You can thank them for the effects on the maps and other images that look like they were edited in something better than paint at the beginning. Later thx to them, I've started to dabble in PS myself and started to create things by myself.
Prologue : The realm of Albion
Or as we know it today Lincoln was established by romans as a fort but eventualy grew to become an unnoficial capital of the east midlands. That happened thanks to it's strategic position that gave acces to sea by two rivers, river Witham and river Trent. Unfortunately as the time passed the city fell into decline and was deserted with only a small part of the city's citizens staying.
Then the Viking era began.
The savage scandinavians looted and burned large parts of Europe but also colonized it bringing the scandinavian genes and culture to many places around the continent. Lincoln too was the victim of Viking raids, but for this city they marked not a time of flame and sword but a time of renewed prosperity. Lincoln in it's deserted state was raided by the Norseman which saw the posibilities of the town and some of them stayed. This Norse influence on the town gave them a special standing among the cities of Albion. Lincoln became a center of trade that was excused of most of the Viking raids and the prosperity that came from that allowed them to mint their own coins.
Then in the 886 came the Danelaw. Danes controling a large part of Midlands thanks to the Viking raids established their law on the newly claimed lands and eliminated the old Anglo-Saxon one which lead to the eventual creation of The Five Boroughs of the Danelaw. Those were the main cities of the Danish Mercia and important centers of trading. The Five Boroughs were Nottingham, Derby, Lincoln, Leicester and Stamford. Those cities with the exception of Stamford were to became county towns holding some importance in the future. Over the few next centuries Lincoln expanded becoming an active city once again. The Norseman were expeled from Albion and the house of Wessex rose to power once again.
However king Edward the Confessor didn't had an easy life ruling the kingdom of England. He had three powerfull earls introduced at the time Norseman were ruling Albion. Those were Godwin, the Earl of Wessex; Leofric, Earl of Mercia and Siward, Earl of Northumbria. Edward sympatised with the Normans which frustrated saxon and danish earls and nobles alike which fueled the Anti-Norman thoughts spread by Godwin which later became Edward's father-in-law thanks to a marriage between his daughter Edith of Wessex and the king. The tensions rose thanks to many conflicts between the earl and the king with two worth mentioning. Godwin's nephew Sweyn II of Denmark
led a war against the Norwegian king Magnus when Edward destroyed Godwin's mercenary fleet eliminating the earl's naval power and taking his chance to help his nephew away. The second conflict rose when Edward made the norman bishop of London, archbishop of Canterbury instead of the dane proposed by Godwin.
Soon after the whole affair the townsmen of Dover lead a riot against Eustace, count of Bologne which was visiting his relative the king because of his demands for various things. The king demanded the townsmen to be punished but Godwin refused wich led to Edward officialy exiling Godwin and his whole family. Northumbria and Mercia backed the king and Queen Edith was sent to a monastery. However Godwin quickly established a connection with other exiles and came back to England with an army. At the same time Godwin's son Harold came back from Ireland and the earls of Northumbria and Mercia turned their back at the king so Edward had to gave Godwin back all his titles and fire all of his norman advisors. Unfortunately Godwin died a year after he got his titles back in 1053 A.D., so Edward's objective to limit the power of Godwin's family was accomplished and the king gave the dead earl's lands to sons of Godwin and his own trusted man.
And so the turmoil ended but another question arose. The king although he had a wife didn't have any sons or even daughters and lived his whole life in a celibate. All of the english earls wanted Harold the son of Godwin elected the new ruler of Albion but Edward once again showed his sympathies towards the normans. In 1052 A.D. William II Duke of Normandy visited Edward in London. It was on this date that Edward was to secretly promise the english crown to William.
In 1066 A.D. Edward died and the earls chose Harold II Godwinesson as he was now known, as king. However the duke of Normandy didn't accept such a thing and invaded England hoping that his claims for the English crown would become more than just claims.