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My new copy of CK arrived today (hurrah! :D ), and so I have decided to do an AAR that I have wanted to do for a long, long time. The de Mandeville family are fascinating, and were the local nobility of the area where I am from originally in the period after the Anarchy.

Some information:

- Using some beta patch, whichever one is the latest.
- No cheating, via F12 or editting the files. I will cheat once at the beginning of the game, for reasons which will become apparent.
- I will roleplay to some extent, ie. no exploits or unrealistic conquests unless it makes sense within the context of the AAR.
- I have editted Geoffrey de Mandeville (dead father of the count) to give him traits closer to the historical man.
- I will be playing the County of Essex in the 1187 scenario (obviously).
- Goal: simple, become King of England!

The title, by the way, is a quote from the Anglosaxon Chronicle about the Anarchy, and is particularly relevant for the de Mandeville family. Hope you enjoy. :)
 

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Part 1: Funeral

"Wherever cultivation was done, the ground produced no corn, because the land was all ruined by such doings, and they said openly that Christ and his saints were asleep. Such things too much for us to describe, we suffered nineteen years for our sins."

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The county of Essex​

William de Mandeville was the 3rd Earl of Essex, and he had a problem. He was no longer young, and he had not an heir to his name. Time was against him, but not long before an opportunity had presented itself, an opportunity that William knew he had to take, even if the thought filled him with a strange mixture of fear and dread.

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The funeral had been unpleasant, William had not been expecting anything else. His wife, Hawise*, laying cold and still in that coffin as it was lowered into the ground, as the rain began to pour and the small crowd of mourners began to disperse. He had stood before the grave, his still, emotionless face betraying the deep sorrow that he felt. Isabella de St. John, steward in the Earl’s tiny court and his part-time mistress, had offered her sympathy, but William was not in the mood. He felt old and tired.

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He walked back, alone, to Walden Castle, and poured himself some mead from the decanter. He sat back and fell into a deep sleep, and thus did not notice the footsteps approaching, the footsteps of someone used to creeping around in the dark.

“My liege.” William did not move. “My liege!” His eyes opened, and stared up in confusion into the eyes of Matilda Fitzgerald, Spy Mistress and acting Chancellor of Essex.

“Wha- Oh, it’s you. What do you want?”

“There are certain…arrangements to be made. Do you wish for me to-” William waved her away, irritated.

“Yes, yes, do as you please!” Matilda nodded, and hurried silently away. A new wife, an heir. It was necessary, or else the Mandeville line would die out, and be forever condemned. William glanced up at the huge portrait of his father that hung on the wall, stern, proud and cruel.

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“Oh father, give me strength,” he muttered, and fell into a deep sleep.

*I used the "die" command on her as I wish to play the descendents of Geoffrey. For the good of the AAR. ;)
 
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Mettermrck: I didn't know that. The title is referring back to Geoffrey de Mandeville, as some think that this particular phrase is referring to him. Hope you like it. :)

Veldmaarschaalk: After my laptop came back from repair I couldn't get it to install as the disc was too scratched.
 
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No fair, Fiftypence. I already have to catch up on Danish Revival and you go and start another on me? :wacko: No fear. I'll catch up. Very nice start here, too. And glad to know CK is back in your hands. How did you ever live without it? :eek: :D
 

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the_k: Thanks for taking a look. :)

coz1: Sorry, I just couldn't resist doing a CK AAR now that I have the game again. :D

Just a note, try not to get Isabel and Isabella confused. ;) Also I made myself Duke of Essex.

Part 2: Opportunities

There was a knock at the door.

“My lord William? I have some information you may like to hear.” Matilda took the grunt as permission to come in, and sidled to where the Earl sat, slumped. The smell of cheap alcohol washed over her. She smiled faintly, knowing that William was much more easy to…guide when he had alcohol in his system.

“I’ve done a little research, and have come up with two possible brides for you, both currently residing in the court of King Henry. The first is Aveline de Clare. She’s…not attractive, although intelligent. More interesting, however, is a certain lady called Isabel de Clare (no relation to Aveline). Were you to marry her and have a son, then the boy would be in line to inherit Laigin…” William’s eyes shot up.

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“Inherit?” He narrowed his eyes in suspicion. “Where’s Laigin?”

“I’ll show you, my lord.” Matilda unrolled a parchment onto the simple wooden table, and William unwillingly left his seat to see. She was pointing to a place that looked suspiciously like-

“Ireland?! She’s Irish? I knew there was a catch!” William’s thoughts on the Irish were well known.

“Not at all. Her father is good stock Norman aristocracy and her mother is, indeed Irish, and is ruler of Laigin.” Matilda leaned in close to William. “An unmissable chance to expand Essex…” She was not attractive, but she could be very persuasive when she wanted to be. William sighed.

“Fine, send word to the King.” Matilda curtsied.

“Your wish is my command.”

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The offer of marriage was accepted, and in early February of 1187 Isabel arrived at William’s court, promptly being appointed Steward. The Earl was not young anymore, and was astonished when in October he found out that he was to become a father for the first time at 61 years old. When he had retired to his private quarters, he held his hands together and said, softly,

“Please, please, let it be a son.”

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When the New Year came around Isabel was starting to show, and William was amazed to find himself happier than he had been in years. He had not thought it possible, after Hawise’s death, that he could love another, but the youthful delights of his wife filled him with a new leash of life.

Isabella, former Steward was not happy, however. Since this new woman arrived she had lost her job and her man. She remembered, ten years ago, how William had promised to marry her should he outlive Hawise, and she did not like broken promises…

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Former Steward​
 
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Hmm, you're not setting up the beautiful baby son is born just long enough to be knocked off by the jilted ex-steward ploy, are you? ;)
 

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Great stuff. I think its King Henry
 

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Coz1, the_hdk, cuchulain, (Praetorian), Olaus Petrus, British Patriot: Thanks for reading. This AAR, contrary to all appearances, is not abandoned. I'm just not sure whether I should restart with 1.05 when it is released. What does everyone think? :)
 

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Fiftypence said:
Coz1, the_hdk, cuchulain, (Praetorian), Olaus Petrus, British Patriot: Thanks for reading. This AAR, contrary to all appearances, is not abandoned. I'm just not sure whether I should restart with 1.05 when it is released. What does everyone think? :)

Latest betas are so close to final 1.05 version that I doubt there will be any problems, if you decide to continue your current game.
 
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Just catch up with this AAR. Looking good.
 

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Good start I will be following this one.