- Aug 8, 2009
Being a record of the lives of the noble rulers and personages of the House of Corrino dwelling in origination from the region of Narbonne and Barcelona including important decrees, battles, conquests, raids, their births, marriages, and ultimate rewards between the years of 1066 and 1453.
At present there are three known versions and one incomplete fragment of the "Chronicles of the Lords Corrino" (CLC) in existence, all of which vary in content and quality. This electronic edition compiled by Dr. David Gordon MA (Edin.), PhD (Cantab.), FRHistS and was funded by cooperative grant via the University of Béziers and represents a comprehensive attempt to gather and reconcile the readings from each of these different versions.
This is the third draft, revised and corrected, with additional proof corrections by Prof. Allan Knox BA, PhD (Lond.) FRHistS.
This document has elected to include notations of recognized interpretations or to call out alignment with other events outside the regions in direct coverage of the CLC. Please note they should not be treated as absolute, and care has been taken to indicate when the notes reflect specific analysis or views to limit conflict if those views are/become out of date as active scholarship continues. It is hoped that, at best, these notes will provide a starting point for additional inquiry and improved understanding of the events conveyed within the Chronicle for later researchers.
The known manuscript sources of the "Chronicles of the Lords Corrino" are the following:
A The Lords of Corrino (1066-1188, manuscript. University of Béziers)
Believed to be a direct transcription of an original (lost) Chronicles (covering the years 1066-1132), conducted at the Bishopric of Albi in County Narbonne. Common opinion is that it begins as a contemporary record from 1074 until it ends in 1188 during the French Conquest.
B The Lords of Corrino (1189-1453, manuscript. Musée National du Moyen Âge, Paris)
Believed to be a transcription of the A version of the Chronicles (covering the years 1066-1188, with some additions/alterations) conducted at the Bishopric of Albi picking up as a contemporary record from 1189 and continuing until 1453.
C The Table of Narbonne and Corrino (1208-1453, manuscript. University of Béziers)
A summary table and regnal list believed to be derived from the A version of the Chronicles, with some variance, conducted by the Bishopric of Sanctus Columbae, as a coronation gift from Bishop GUY to Emperor Frederick I in 1208, and then continually updated by order of the family going forward.
D The Corrino Restoration Fragment (1278, manuscript. National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh)
The Restoration Fragment is the most recently discovered item within the family of manuscripts comprising the Chronicles of the Lords Corrino, which discovery prompted the creation of this comprehensive reading of the Chronicles. Currently, the Restoration Fragment is believed to be a transcription of the either the original (lost) version of the Chronicle OR of the A version with some notable alterations, as well as a portion of the B Version. It appears to have been put forth at the Bishopric of Cuaxà in County Rosello. However, it only covers the years 1066-1278. It is unclear if any of the record was contemporary to the events recounted, though the nature of some of it’s distinctive variance to the other documents convincingly seems to indicate it was contemporary (or at least, rather, the original unidentified transcription source seems to have been). If it was contemporary, it is unclear why a second record was kept in addition to the A Version. At least one theory (Prof. Brett Roberts, NYU) has been submitted that this ‘D’ Version should really be considered as the ‘A’, and the other versions represent copies/updates from this one, though that has issues, as it does not reconcile the A and B version timelines.
There is, off course, The Annals of the House of Corrino (1338-1453, manuscript. Musée National du Moyen Âge, Paris), beginning in 1338 with the Uhtred’s usurpation of Frederick IV. This document attempted to recreate the Chronicle for Uhtred and those that came after, but it was erratically kept and tracks a branch of the family rather than the mainline with which we are specifically interested.
The intent is to reference the A document as much as possible, but where variance exists, the
additional manuscripts will be called upon, certainly with a focus on aligning some of the new Fragment content within the larger and more recognized Chronicles. Reference to these will be done in a standard format represented in the following manner:
Where the first letter indicates the specific document sourced for the item in question, the digits before the decimal indicate the year, and the digits after the decimal indicate the month (1-12). So in the example line we find an item from the A Version in October 1072.
The Chronicles have been considered noteworthy for both providing a specific and targeted view of the early medieval social and political dynamics of southern France and northern Spain, and providing a personal and uniquely focused examination (unlike many chronicles and annals contemporary to this record) of a noble family and its affairs and activities as it rose to notable prominence within Western Europe. The discovery of an additional version of these chronicles - the new D Version - simply expands upon this early intimate viewpoint.
The appearance of the family of Corrino at Toulouse in 1066 is rather sudden in the historic period, with no previous mention or indication of Corrinos in regional politics or identified nobles in the area. There are certainly no family or place names that correspond or relate to ‘Corrino’ in any significant way. A leading hypothesis is that the Corrino family were displaced from within Hispania during the Moorish invasions and they settled in Toulouse. The family name certainly seems to have as much in favor of a match culturally and linguistically with Catalan as with Occitan. It also may aid in explaining the family’s initial power development and expansion focus southwards into Hispania.
According to Corrino family legend, however, there was a man of Scots Gaelic heritage in the court of Duke Guilhèm IV de Toulouse. This man, identified by varied names in different versions of the story, is most reliably considered to be known as Donald Currie and he somehow established a relationship with the Duke and became a trusted member of the court. There is no clear historical evidence supporting or disputing this family claim beyond a single, brief record of a Domnall Corwyn joining the roles of a mercenary force in Northumbria and departing for Hispania in 1041. It is as likely as any other option that this was the same person, though the name adapted to become ‘Corrino’ to fit better locally. Perhaps he remained on after the mercenary unit finished it’s service in the area or disbanded. It certainly explains various Scottish influences that appeared in the region from time to time. We choose to recognize and accept this theory as more than adequate in filling in the blanks and fitting the presented record.
Regardless, it is clear that however Donald came to be a courtier of the Duke, one Frederick Corrino, son of Donald, was named lord of Narbonne in 1066. And it is here, that the Chronicle begins...
(Player Notes - and commentary 'out of character' - will be highlighted in this fashion.)
I apologize from the start for a bad habit of forgetting to take screenshots often enough, particularly as I started.
There has been some minor save adjustments in the early years to change the names of a few children I could not touch in game, in keeping with the family Corrino. Not much later - once the game got them seeded into the family tree it did fine using them on it's own.
Corrino, yes, as a lark the entire process started from a personal commitment to play the next game with Shaddam and Irulan popping up. Nothing more, nothing less. I tried to start, initially, in Jimenez area to make the names work better. Let's say that game was still born due to assassins and a lack of fertility.
Table of Contents
Rogier 'The Conqueror'
Frederick 'The Holy'
Frederick 'The Great'
Godfrey 'The Drunkard'
Godafres 'The Monk'
Frederick 'The Wise'
Full Reign Summaries (External links to Google Docs)
Regnal Lists and Tables of the Noble Houses of Corrino