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Excellent call on Eadgar's motivation there. At this age, there is not a thing that occurs that is not run through the prism of what it may mean for the crown and Uhtræd in the years to come. And yes, a life lesson for Eadward, to be sure.I am not surprised Eadger has found fault, and it all fits into the pattern of these later years. Everything is focused on Uhtræd. Everything. And everything perceived as a threat to Uhtræd's future reign is to be sacrificed.
As for Eadwerd, this is a life lesson.
I will not deny that Eadgar did some moralizing there and will surely not argue that he has any great right do so given his own past actions. That may be considered his dichotomy - others are to be far more harshly treated for lessor actions than he himself did even while he considers his own crimes quite heavy. Though I might argue that he finds more fault with himself mostly due to the outcome as regards Uhtræd than anything it may have meant for his own mortal soul. I would not call his threat to Eadward empty but you may very well be right in that it would be short-sighted. A very good point.You know, I'm not a fan of Eadgar here. For all his moralizing here, this is a man who plotted to, and successfully, murdered a child to gain the throne. Eadward potentially siring a bastard with Madrun is small potatoes compared to that. It's funny because here Eadward's relative youth and lack of first hand experience of the wars hurts him - I doubt Uthread would have let his father talk to him like that, knowing what he knows.
That said, if Eadgar's goal is to stabilize the realm for Uthread, then I can't help but feel this threat is empty or at least shortsighted. In fact, I'd argue if Eadgar thinks on it, he would realize the opposite would likely occur if he took such a drastic action - it would potentially make for a testier rival claimant who is more inclined to cause trouble. Just ask Richard II how disinheriting uncles and cousins worked out for him.
Very well said. While there was some "moralizing" going on, Eadgar was really more concerned with Eadward's seeming lack of discretion as he went about his actions. Everything is for the crown and anything that may speak poorly of the crown would speak poorly of him and possibly to his heir when the time comes. And given the troubles he is having with Robert of Normandy - the last thing the King wants is the Norman Duke using this to his advantage in any way.I'm getting a bit of a different read on that conversation than JabberJock here. I don't think it's Eadgar's intent to "moralize" to Eadward or threaten him; otherwise he would have just told him to stop seeing Madrun at all. Instead, I think Eadgar's trying to clue him in to the fact that he might not be as clever as he thinks he is, on two counts:
1. Eadgar has been playing this game for decades longer than Eadward has; therefore, the idea that he can hide anything from his father is folly.
2. If Eadgar can find out about Madrun so easily despite all the precautions Eadward (thinks he) has taken, then so can someone who might try to use that knowledge to do real damage.
I will take them one by one (and good to see you caught up!)Ok I have just caught up and here's my take:
- 1st would a Saxon King at that time really have had issue with his son having a mistress? I think not. That said the further I read the more it seems the issue that the king has is the choice of mistress-fair enough but it did come across in the early exchanges that the king was moralising when in that day and age it was not an uncommon thing (nay even expected) that great lords would take mistresses to their beds.
- Why is Edward also allied with Skuli in his war with Due Robert? `Did I miss something?
- Good call by the king in his usurpation by the way-the higher the demesne the better
- Why is there always a cup of ale to hand? I am slightly tongue in cheek with that one but it is something to consider
I do love the exchanges by the way and another question did the rules on rude words suddenly get relaxed as I note the site no longer seems to try and alter them?
Frankly, I found it rather petty that she still found the need to call herself such when all she has left is a county on the edge of the island. And that...likely not for long.Petty kingdom.... ha ha ha, ha ha. I got a kick when I saw that!
Why is there always a cup of ale to hand? I am slightly tongue in cheek with that one but it is something to consider
For an inuniverse explanation, I would say it was because ale was used by many as a way to partially clean water and make it more palatable to drink in cities and large towns, because the local water supply was often horrifically contaminated by whatever waste the people produced and threw in it. I would say that...but it might be a bit too early. Generally speaking river water was beginning to get dirty around settlements and downstream of them but there were still many places where water in this period was clean-very clean in fact.
Saxons and their diet generally was in many ways superior to the modern one (from a certain perspective of course. All this depends on them having enough to eat).They ate foods that could not destroy their teeth or internal organs and drank mead (depending on how you make it, a not particularly harmful substance either) and with increasing popularity ale; the water was getting increasingly dirty and wine was an expensive import. The ale in this period though would have generally been weak, even weaker than in the 14th and 15th centuries, the golden age of ale drinking for this specific reason. With the disruption in trade with the continent (because France is being torn apart and a Burgundian equivalent of safe trading corridors haven't been made yet) ale and mead are pretty much the only alcohol the saxons can get (unless you want to break history and give them whiskey from Ireland a few hundred years early).
So saxons would drink this stuff like it was water, because for an increasing number of them it practically was their water supply.
That and Eadgar just likes his ale. Not as much as Morcar before him, but he does enjoy a fine cup.Small beer was already used by the late Saxon period in our timeline I believe. I don't think anyone knows for sure when it began.
Eadgar is and always has been a soldier so he will not stop fighting if he has breath in his body. I am very pleased that this comes across in the scene. As for Lord Brice, he is an interesting one. I did not really pay much attention to his age when I hired him in-game because I mostly wanted the stat number. But once it came time to write for him...well, he most certainly thinks of those younger than him as "old dears."I like that in this post, in the long years of his life, there is still the stubbornness from the short years. Even if, in this instance, it is a stubbornness overcome by tiredness.
The new spymaster reminds me of my grandparents. My Gran used to deliver meals on wheels into her 80s to folk more than twenty years her junior. She used to tell me about the "old dears". There something of that here.
The King remains ever vigilant when it comes to what he may be leaving to his son. He does likely deserve a rest, but he will not see it. As he said in post, Eadgar "abhors lazing about." As for Lord Brice, look above to my comment to stnylan. He is an interesting one to write for because we do not see too many of this age in this game (or even at that time.) Here I have been talking about how old the King is and here comes the new spymaster that has a good twenty years on him.Lord Brice is truly an inspiration to us all. Far too many -- even in this day and age -- would simply allow the burdens of time and age to overwhelm them without a fight.
I do have this sneaking suspicion that Eadgar's insistence on involving himself in the day-to-day business of rule even in his present infirmity will lead to no good end. The man really should allow himself some rest; he's certainly earned it at this point.
...Though if it inspires another fever dream where Beorhtmaer shows up, it won't be all bad, granted
Thank you, sir, and you may notice Eadgar has no ale in the scene. That won't last.What a great post! In one fell swoop you have appraised all of us of the goings on within the realm and you've used an audience with your spymaster as the device: bravo! Duly noted!
So the game's afoot! Revoke Somerset through plotting and look at maybe increasing your holdings in continental Francia. Ambitious! I look forward to seeing how that plays out.
Not terribly new, no. And not likely to change anytime soon.Plotting, politcking, scheming, murders in chapels and churches, I guess what goes on in Washing... er, 12th century England is nothing new to note of.
I think we may say that Eadgar's burdens over his admittedly shorter life compared to Brice are a great gulf. It has aged him more in his shorter years, no doubt.Talk about waiting a long time for a reward - Lord Brice getting the spymaster gig at his age. But he seems up to the task.
Interesting bits in here too - Edgar feeling his new man out. (The bootlicker comment seemed aimed to provoke reaction, even if it may have been borne out of frustration and past guilt) And I like the nod to the king's age here as he falls asleep. A reminder Eadgar is the "old" man here, despite being the younger man in the conversation. A subtle call back to Brice's line about not willing to let others see his age earlier in the chapter - he seems capable of doing that whereas Eadgar these days, not so much.
And despite the fact there will be more after this is done (and I am very much looking forward to what you have planned), I am still a bit saddened to hear the final bit is written. The end of an era (for Eadgar, anyway).
The man appreciates it. Now we give him a foe in the next scene.I think I like this Brice.