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Lord Hoel Kerne of the Bretons
Your demand for the concession of the province of Maine has been agreed to by this court and his divine majesty, the Emperor of Rome, King of the World, God of Men – Robert de Normandy. All Norman forces are henceforth to be withdrawn from Breton territory.
As the leading ship of an armada of Cogs inched through the soft blue sea of Gibralter, Duke Alan and his comrades met at a small table within the ship’s dank innards. With him, the old Marshal Brient Penteur -- too old to even ride a horse but amongst the wisest in Alan’s court. The Counts of Rennes and Vannes, both formidable commanders, were the chief patrons of Alan’s idea in Spain – but their enthusiasm had begun to ware off.It was early in the morning when the brigands arrived. The ragged Christians stormed the outer fringes of Lisbon, wreaking havoc throughout. For at least an hour, I watched from the walls as their band of soldiers marched from village to village, across the perimeter of the horizon. It was when they attacked the third village, that I put aside discretion and summoned the town guard. As it turns out, and somewhat to my embarrassment, the thieves were sorely outnumbered. With some intelligence, they retreated back to their ships. I have heard that these are the Vikings of old, but they are not. Nor are they kin of the Christians in the near north. They showed less desire for treasures or tactical victory than for simple food. Indeed, the granaries were completely emptied. Those that were too weighed down by grain and bread were easily shot down by my archers. Having retreated to their ships, their fair sized fleet continued south, sure to leave more towns burning in their wake.
Yahya ibn Muhammad al-Mansur