Hello everyone! I'm back! The Anglo-Saxon Chronicles is a Medieval alternate history story with two plots, the first plot will be written in regular text and tell the story of Princess Aethelthryth XI Aethelfrithing of England, starting from 1191 as the sixteen year old heiress to The English crown arrives in Bordeaux under the protection of her aunt, The Vicereine of Aquitaine, while her mother, Queen Aethelthryth X of England makes peace with King Karl IV of West Francia and the two of them leave Europe for a Crusade to protect Jerusalem from a Muslim invasion. Aethelthryth XI is trained in Bordeaux to be the perfect Queen, to live up to the legacy of The House Aethelfrithing, and to be ready for when The Anglo-Saxons and The Franks inevitably go to war again. The second plot with be written in italics - like this - and tell the story of Aethelthryth I Aethelthryth in 776 when her father dies and leaves the sixteen year old all alone as The Countess of Sussex while the armies of The King of Kent prepare to conquer Sussex from the seemingly helpless girl, but that girl proves The King of Kent very wrong and manages to conquer Kent and, eventually, all of England, all the while Aethelthryth I deals with Viking raids, revolutionizes Anglo-Saxon culture, and becomes known as Aethelthryth The Great. This first chapter will be a prologue and it will only feature Aethelthryth XI, but starting next chapter, both protagonists will have sections of each chapter. I know this has been a lot to say but here we go, The Anglo-Saxon Chronicles have begun! Please read, review, and enjoy!
The Anglo-Saxon Chronicles.
The History of The Anglo-Saxons.
I was born on March 3rd, 1175 to Queen Aethelthryth X of England and Prince Richard Uerterio of Scotland - House Uerterio is the ruling dynasty of Scotland, having had unified Pictland thanks to an alliance with Aethelthryth The Great, however, Anglo-Saxon and Frankish nobility, along with migrations of several Irish tribes into Scotland lead to The Picts mixing with these groups to create a new race known as The Scottish, when The Scottish became the majority, Pictland became Scotland. I was born and raised in Memphis Palace on The River Thames in London - Memphis Palace was created by Aethelthryth The Great as the most ambitious architectural achievement since the fall of The Roman Empire, The Palace was built between the two main crossings over The Thames, both were old Roman bridges, this meant that The Palace was in the heart of London. Memphis Palace was built to emulate Greco-Roman architecture with columns and pilasters around the outside, however, the courtyard inside of The Palace had a central pyramid, The Aethelfrithing Crypt, this was a blatant tribute to The Egyptians, as were the two lion sculptures outside of the front of The Palace. These classical architectural elements were because Aethelthryth The Great was likely the most educated woman in The British Isles at the time and she knew all about The Classical world. I grew up in this elegant place, a place that served as a reminder that even now, more than half a century after the fall of The Roman Empire, their accomplishments are not lost and European civilization can once again achieve greatness.
Aethelthryth The Great was the first of our dynasty, she was the daughter of Earl Aethelfrith of Sussex and Cynethryth, a Wessexian Princess. Aethelthryth would defy all odds and conquer England piece by piece, dismantling the various Petty Kingdoms and, in their place, she established Duchies that she handed out to her immediate family - Aethelthryth was able to push The Anglo-Saxons from being a society which, while fairer to women that most, was still a male dominated society, into one where women inherited land and marriage was matrilineal, meanwhile, men had The Church and the military. The Pope was preoccupied with the bickering of Lombards and Franks at his doorstep and Islamic rule of Hispania, therefore, there was no one to stop the cultural shift that became known as The Aethelthryth Revolution which had left England with an enatic society and a very centralized feudal system when compared to The Franks and Lombards on The Continent. After twenty-five years of campaigning across England and conquering her way from Cornwall to East Anglia and from Wihtwara to Hadrian's Wall, Aethelthryth The Great was finally crowned Queen of The Anglo-Saxons by The Archbishop of Canterbury on the first day of the year 800, ushering in the new century and a new era for England. Aethelthryth The Great spent the rest of her reign repelling Viking raids and building the nation in her image: Memphis Palace was built to be the royal residence, The Anglo-Saxon language was standardized for the first time, and the symbol of England began a golden lion with a blue tongue and claws on a red field, this was meant to be an Egyptian lion as yet another expression of Aethelthryth's love of Ancient Egypt. The first Queen of The Anglo-Saxons would die at age 79 in 829, having had completely transformed The British Isles during her fifty-three year reign, she was succeeded by her eldest daughter.
Aethelthryth II was 60 when she became The Queen of The Anglo-Saxons, however, she would live to the ripe old age of 92, ruling England for a hardly insignificant thirty-two years. Aethelthryth II was most famous for repelling a massive Viking army in 848 that had arrived in England not to loot as they had for six decades by that point, rather The Vikings, having had seen rich conquerors buy up what little arable land there is in Scandinavia, had come to England to conquer a new home for themselves, however, Aethelthryth II had crushed them in The Battle of Norwich and forced the survivors to convert to Catholicism and forced their leader, Erik, into a matrilineal marriage with Cwenburg, her youngest daughter. Cwenburg would go on and use her husband to conquer Norway, giving The House Aethelfrithing their first ally outside of The British Isles. The Vikings had been dealt with and Aethelthryth could now focus on the succession, males could not inherit in Aethelthryth's English society, her eldest daughter had died, and Cwenburg was preoccupied in Norway, therefore, Aethelthryth II's granddaughter became heir. Aethelthryth II was instrumental in expanding the cult of personality that her mother had built, in 9th Century England, it was customary that the eldest daughter would always be named Aethelthryth and receive everything according to the law of primogeniture, compared to the law of gavelkind which Frankish inheritance had operated on. The trend of naming the eldest Aethelthryth would eventually die down outside of the direct royal line, however, it remained a common name nonetheless and Aethelthryth The Great was still a near worshipped figure even now as we approach The 13th Century.
Aethelthryth The Lady of Wales would succeed her grandmother at the age of 46 in 861 as the third Queen of The Anglo-Saxons. Aethelthryth III held England together through a tumultuous period as disease ravaged The British Isles and harvests suffered through long, cold winters, The English army squashed peasant revolts in York in 867 and 871, but by 875 Aethelthryth had managed to bring order to England, this finally allowed her to concentrate on her ambitions of expanding English control onto their neighbors. Aethelthryth III helped The Picts in their invasions of The Northern Isles as they conquered The Orkneys, Shetland, and even The Faroe Islands, these North Sea islands allowed The Picts to tax Viking ships on their way to distant places such as Iceland and Greenland, though Aethelthryth III ensured that Norwegian ships would be exempt from this treatment. Her allies to the north were now firmly in debt to her and therefore, Aethelthryth III knew that she would be safe from a Welsh and Irish coalition, this allowed Aethelthryth III to begin raiding into Wales and conquering land, and this would earn her the title of The Lady of Wales, however, Aethelthryth III was not able to complete the conquest of Wales before she died in 885 at the age of 70. Aethelthryth III was known for bringing order to England after a turbulent period and spent the final ten years of her reign beginning to expand England's influence over The Picts and The Welsh, however, she hadn't managed to fully subjugate either one of them.
Aethelthryth IV was only 25 when she replaced her mother as Queen of The Anglo-Saxons as Aethelthryth III had struggled to produce a child, only giving birth at a point where almost everyone had thought that a junior line would have to take over, however, Aethelthryth IV was eventually born and the succession was secure for another generation, however, the succession would remain an issue into the reign of Aethelthryth IV as other members of The House Aethelfrithing pressured the young Queen to have an heir early in order for England to remain secure, however, this would come back to haunt her. Aethelthryth IV was only Queen for five years and her only notable achievement was incremental progress into Wales, because Queen Aethelthryth IV died at age 30 in childbirth in 890, plunging England into its first ever regency. Aethelthryth V survived despite her mother's death, however, an infant could not rule England, therefore, a peace was made with the various Welsh states before Aethelthryth V's father, the former King-Consort of England, a Lombard Prince name Gandulf and Cardinal Wulfstan of Canterbury - the first English Cardinal - were the initial regents for Aethelthryth, however, they would soon be replaced by Duchess Cynewynn of Lancaster as Regent. Cynewynn would resist an attempt by Duchess Aelfthryth of Cumbria to overthrow her as regent and she would manage to reign as The Regent of England until 906 when Aethelthryth V had finally reached maturity.
Aethelthryth The Immortal was officially The Queen of The Anglo-Saxons from her birth in 890 until she finally died in 1005, and Queen in fact for ninety-nine years from when she turned sixteen in 806, either way, Aethelthryth V is the longest reigning monarch in history and she had lived until she was 115 years old, a very impressive lifespan when many people fail to survive their childhood, hence, she became known as The Immortal, and, when she finally died, she peacefully passed away in her sleep. The Pope declared her to be a shining example of faith and piety, monarchs as far away as Persia claim to have heard of her incredible lifespan, and some disgruntled bishops went as far as saying her lifespan was unnatural and proof that she was some sort of demonic hell spawn, not that their accusations mattered much given that The Pope expressed his support for The Queen. Aethelthryth The Immortal had more to her name than a long lifespan because in her ninety-nine years of independent rule, she had conquered the rest of Wales and declared herself to be The Queen of Wales as well as The Queen of The Anglo-Saxons, she made arrangements for two of her descendants to become powerful in their own right - her granddaughter Wulfthryth became The Duchess of Ulster and reigned over northern Ireland, building up cities, churches, and castles in a land that had once been largely tribal and trampled over during conflicts between The Picts and The Irish, however, Ulster now became an Anglo-Saxon Duchy, bringing Aethelfrithing control to England, Wales, and northern Ireland. The other descendant to benefit from Aethelthryth V was her great granddaughter Aethelthryth who had managed to conquer all of Brittany and became The Duchess of Brittany as a vassal of West Francia. Aethelthryth of Brittany being a vassal of West Francia would prove to be very problematic, very soon, as Aethelthryth The Immortal's incredibly long lifespan meant that by the time she died, she had outlived her children and grandchildren, essentially, the successor would either be Duchess Wulfthryth II of Ulster or Duchess Aethelthryth of Brittany, however, The Breton Duchess won out because she was descendant from a more senior branch than her second cousin and would become the sixth Queen of The Anglo-Saxons despite her position relative to The King of West Francia.
Aethelthryth of Brittany became the sixth Queen of The Anglo-Saxons and the second Queen of Wales on September 4th, 1005 at the age of 33, at this point, The English crown ruled over The Kingdoms of England and Wales entirely as well as The Duchy of Ulster and now The Duchy of Brittany. Aethelthryth VI was able to reign in a tense peace with The Kingdom of West Francia for a year while The Carolingian Dynasty which at this point ruled of West Francia and East Francia were at war with The Kingdom of Austrasia at the time because The Carolingians in Middle Francia had been overthrown and The Kingdom was renamed to Austrasia. In 1006 however, once peace was made with Austrasia, King Pepin III of West Francia demanded that Aethelthryth VI pay him tribute as Brittany is a vassal, Aethelthryth refused stating that now that she was his equal as she was The Queen of The Anglo-Saxons and, given that she held The Kingdom of Wales as well, being Queen of two realms perhaps made Aethelthryth VI superior to The West Frankish King, naturally, this lead to war. Aethelthryth of Brittany knew that West Francia would be able to field a larger continental army than England, therefore, Aethelthryth lead her Breton retinue, reinforced by The English Housecarls under Archduchess Aelfthryth III of Northumbria and The Baroness of Cardiff, into Anjou and went on the offensive, forcing The Franks to respond with fewer men and less training than they had anticipated, this allowed the elite Breton standing army and English Housecarls to defeat the forces of Pepin III in the decisive Battle of Le Mans. The war would drag on until 1011, however, after The English victory in Le Mans, The Franks were unable to fight on their own terms and many of Pepin III's vassals started turning against him after he failed to crush The English early on. Aethelthryth VI would spend the rest of her reign incorporating Brittany into English politics and preparing for further conquests in Ireland and in West Francia. Aethelthryth of Brittany died in 1034 at age 62 and she was succeeded by her daughter.
Aethelthryth VII became Queen of The Anglo-Saxons and Queen of Wales at age 43 and her reign consisted of stability and prosperity in The British Isles while Aethelthryth VII waged war in West Francia - though that stability and prosperity is likely due to restless Anglo-Saxon nobility being preoccupied with campaigning and looting all across The Frankish realm. The seventh Queen of The Anglo-Saxons conquered Normandy in 1042 and Aquitaine in 1059, she also attempted to conquer The Duchy of Anjou in 1044, 1047, 1049, 1056, and 1068, as well as an attack on Gascony in 1063, however, all of these invasions were repelled, though not before The English managed to fill their coffers at the expense of The Franks. Aethelthryth VII, having had considerably expanded English land in West Francia, decided that now was the time to radically change Anglo-Saxon politics. First of all, Aethelthryth VII divided Brittany into three Duchies - The Duchy of Lower Brittany, The Duchy of Upper Brittany, and The Duchy of Penthievre - and named several of her relatives as their Duchesses. Anglo-Saxon England at this point was divided into numerous hereditary monarchies, with Wessex, East Anglia, Mercia, and Northumbria, the four most powerful Kingdoms in England prior to the rise of Aethelthryth The Great becoming Archduchies while Kent, Essex, Cornwall, Somerset, Cumbria, Lancaster, Deira, and The Hwicce were regular Duchies, Wales and Brittany consisted of more regular Duchies, however, this would not be the case for Normandy and Aquitaine. Aethelthryth VII declared these formerly Frankish Duchies to be English Viceroyalties, where appointed Vicereines would serve for life assuming they maintained good behavior, however, on their deaths, Queen of The Anglo-Saxons would appoint a successor. Aethelthryth VII, having had divided The Duchy of Brittany into three and established two continental Viceroyalties, proclaimed herself Queen of Brittany in addition to being Queen of The Anglo-Saxons and Queen of Wales. This was only the beginning, as Aethelthryth VII declared that all three of these were constituent Kingdoms of England. The Aethelfrithing Queens were informally known as Queens of England since the very beginning, however, Aethelthryth VII became the first to formally use that title on July 2nd, 1066, ushering in a new era for The Anglo-Saxons. The Coat of Arms was changed from one golden lion on a red field to three golden lions on a red field, reflecting the three constituent Kingdoms of England, this was still the symbol of England now in 1191. The Queen of England died in 1070 at the age of 79 and she would be replaced by her granddaughter, Aethelthryth VIII.
Aethelthryth The Crusader became The Queen of England at the young age of 19 and would quickly prove herself as the worthy heiress to The English crown in 1079 when she declared war on The Kingdom of West Francia at 28 once she wrangled The Anglo-Saxon nobility back under control and prepared for war, however, The Franks were determined not to lose any more ground to The Anglo-Saxons after having lost Brittany, Normandy, and Aquitaine in the last century, however, Carlomann Childericing, The Duke of Toulouse used The English-Frankish war to launch his rebellion to claim the throne of West Francia, as he claimed descent from a bastard son of Childeric, one of the very first Merovingians, between a rebellion in the south and an invasion in the west, The West Franks were marching back and forth all over the country without being able to win a decisive victory on either front, this meant that, in 1088, after nearly a decade of war, The Franks were ready to negotiate. Aethelthryth VIII was able to get control over The Duchy of Gascony in this peace treaty as well as a port city at the thinnest point of The English Channel called Calais which was under direct royal control due to the importance of The English reaching their increasingly large holdings on The Continent. Gascony would become a Viceroyalty under one of Aethelthryth's daughters, Cynethryth Aethelfrithing, just like Normandy and Aquitaine, codifying the increasingly complex and unique English version of feudalism. Aethelthryth The Crusader earned her nickname in 1096 when she and her new found ally, King Carlomann II of West Francia, both pledged their support to The First Crusade and marched off to The Holy Land, however, neither of them had abandoned their European lands and therefore neither would be allowed to become Kings of Jerusalem, however both had candidates that they wished to place on The Jerusalemite Throne. A Childericing candidate would eventually become King of Jerusalem, however, Aethelthryth had been the far more competent general in The Crusade and likely only allowed The House Childericing to gain Jerusalem in order to keep the peace. Aethelthryth The Crusader was welcomed back to England as a heroine and brought back riches from The Caliphate that was crushed in Jerusalem, she used this to renovate and expand Memphis Palace. Aethelthryth VIII would die at age 84 in 1135.
My grandmother, Aethelthryth IX was Queen of England from 1135 to 1172 and her biggest accomplishments were spreading The House Aethelfrithing across Europe, thus far, she was Queen of England and also ruled over Ulster in northern Ireland as well as roughly half of West Francia in The Kingdom of Brittany which was a constituent Kingdom of England and her distant relative Cwenburg XII was The Queen of Norway and she also ruled over Iceland, Greenland, and Svalbard, islands in the far northern sea that her sea-faring Viking subjects had discovered, both of these Kingdoms now followed The Enatic Succession laws introduced to England during The Aethelthryth Revolution. Aethelthryth IX's reign would see Aelfswith of Powys, a son of The Duchess of Powys who wasn't going to inherit any land in England become The King of Italy due to Aelfswith's father being an Italian Prince. Aelfswith was quick to shake off his origins in Anglo-Saxon Wales and embrace Italian customs, marrying the daughter of the last Italian King and naming their son and heir Vittorio rather than any Anglo-Saxon name. Aelfswith would conquer The Republic of Venezia and move his capital to Roma after conquering the city with aid from The Carolingian King of East Francia after Aelfswith agreed to submit to The East Frankish Antipope, this resulted in the actual Pope fleeing to Avignon in West Francia, meanwhile, Aelfswith ruled in Roma. The King of Italy was about to collect tribute from the remaining Lombards in The Mezzogiorno until The Normans - Viking settlers in Normandy who had been displaced by The English conquest finally found a new home in Sicily and quickly conquered The Mezzogiorno as well, leaving Italia divided between The Anglo-Italian Kingdom of Italy and The Norman Kingdom of Sicily. Vicereine Cynethryth of Gascony also died during Aethelthryth IX's reign but The Queen of England passed over Cynethryth II when choosing the next Vicereine, therefore, Cynethryth II had no land when she went off on The Second Crusade, which was a preemptive strike on Islamic Egypt in order to secure the western border of The Kingdom of Jerusalem. This time, The Anglo-Saxons were rewarded for their Crusading efforts and Cynethryth became The Queen of Egypt. Cynethryth's rule over Egypt was tedious, given that she was a Catholic Queen trying to make an Islamic and Coptic Christian populace obedient and accepting of England's radical Enatic laws, however, Cynethryth of Egypt was named after the mother of Aethelthryth The Great and earned that important name by bringing Egypt to heel and finally giving The House Aethelfrithing control over the country that they had admired for centuries.
My mother Aethelthryth X is now Queen of England and has been for nineteen years of uneasy peace with West Francia. Carlomann IV is now their King and House Childericing has allies in Jerusalem, Norman Sicily, Denmark, and Hungary, meanwhile, my mother has her own Kingdom which has proven time and time again to be stronger than West Francia as well as her allies in Norway, Italy, and Egypt, now, Norway is the oldest and most established of The Catholic Kingdoms in Scandinavia, giving it an edge over Denmark, meanwhile, Egypt is larger and richer but younger and less stable than Jerusalem, meaning that the situation in The Outremer is currently inconclusive, Italy and Norman Sicily are both around the same age and strength, therefore, The Italian Peninsula would be a stalement as well, especially given that Iberian Catholics control Sardinia and Corsica as they attempt to gain the upper hand over The Muslims in Cordoba. The Hungarians are rapid horsemen and therefore they can fight on whichever front they choose, all of this means that when war inevitably erupts between England and West Francia once again, it will be very different from the past conflicts between the two. At the moment, the situation seems peaceful as both my mother Aethelthryth X and Carlomann IV have agreed to cooperate with The Carolingians in East Francia as they do something very controversial and go on a Crusade against The Orthodox Christian Byzantine Empire in order to establish a Latin Empire. My mother being off on a Crusade means that I have been left in the custody of my aunt Vicereine Wulfburh of Aquitaine in Bordeaux, meaning that I, at only sixteen, already have step foot on Continental soil, making me the youngest Aethelfrithing heiress to have done so, though granted I'm not a ruler yet.
My family has ruled England for centuries and by now rules all of England and Wales along with Brittany, Normandy, Aquitaine, Gascony, and Calais in West Francia and The Duchy of Ulster in northern Ireland. I am the heiress to an extremely powerful and very centralized Kingdom due to Aethelthryth The Great distributing England among her sisters, daughters, and nieces, this tradition has held up over the centuries meaning that all of the vassals in England are members of The House Aethelfrithing, this limits internal strife compared to West Francia because expanding your realm means going to war with your family, this is one of the reasons why ambitious dynasts such as Cynethryth of Egypt and Aelfswith of Italy have decided to forge their own realms rather than causing war in England. This internal stability is another advantage for England over West Francia, which often sees internal warfare and revolts, hence why the current King of West Francia is a few generations removed from the mere Duke of Toulouse while England has had an uninterrupted line of ten Queens with one regency during that whole period. I wasn't sure when I would become The Queen of England, but I was determined to live up to the high standards of my predecessors, including conquerors, crusaders, generals, and administrators, often those roles overlap. I could expand Anglo-Saxon control over West Francia by pushing off of the coast and into The Frankish heartland, as conquering The Duchy of Anjou would secure my holdings in Brittany and Normandy, perhaps I could conquer Poitou as well and then I would control the entirety of western West Francia, though I suspect that a push into both Anjou and Poitou would be too much for The Franks to suspect and thus I would have to choose one or the other - personally, I felt that England had more than enough coastline and Anjou would be more valuable. Alternatively, through my father I have a claim to Scotland, now, Scotland was once England's closest ally and relations remain very close, but pressing my claim and conquering Scotland would give me full control over the island of Great Britain and let me establish many new Aethelfrithing Duchies for my Dynasty - it would be quite impressive to rule a realm that extended from Gascony in the south to The Faroe Islands in the north, though I'm not sure if it is necessarily more valuable to conquer Scotland than it is to push into the valuable lands of West Francia. Conquering the rest of Ireland is an option but I believe that having to settle and develop Ireland would be far more expensive than my other options and it would take quite awhile to pay itself off. I suppose that conquering more of West Francia would be the best choice, especially given that war with The Franks was inevitable given how much land we control that The House Childericing desires - The Kingdom of Brittany, a Constituent Kingdom of England, is a construct as a result of our conquest, The Franks believe that all of The Kingdom of Brittany is part of The Kingdom of West Francia under foreign occupation and I can't necessarily say that they are wrong. Though, given that I'm residing in Bordeaux, The Anglo-Saxons have controlled Frankish land for so long that Anglo-Saxon has become the lingua franca, the people follow our enatic succession laws, and our institutions reign supreme, therefore, the people are content with the current state of affairs regardless of what their former rulers may think.
Yet, for now, here I am in Bordeaux, safely protected by my aunt Vicereine Wulfburh surrounded by cousins and courtiers as I contemplate the history of England and how I may usher in the next chapter of the history of The Anglo-Saxons. Aethelthryth The Great and her descendants have created an incredibly centralized and nationalistic state, The Anglo-Saxons are virtually the only remaining ethnic group in England and make up the ruling class in Wales and in our continental holdings. The Welsh have proven problematic occasionally but they've never been able to raise a revolt strong enough to legitimately challenge English authority, and in exchange, we have given The Welsh the rights to use their own language in Wales, even helping them standardize their language. In The Kingdom of Brittany, consisting of our three Breton Duchies and the three Viceroyalties, we have Celtic Bretons, Basques, and The French, the commoners who speak a romance language unlike their former Frankish overlords, therefore, we have worked to standardized French based off of an Aquitanian dialect - this has helped us solidify our control over these two distinctive landmasses in West Francia, as we have fully separated the commoners from The Franks. England is an immensely powerful state and I am confidant that, one day, England could rule the world, however, England will soon have to make a very important choice: will England be an island nation devoted to ruling over the waves or will England expand its influence over The European continent and become devoted to ruling over the land? Trying to do both will ensure that we shall accomplish neither, as a compromised navy will be defeated by an uncompromised one, and the same thing will happen to a compromised army. Pushing much farther into West Francia will result in our country being more French than Anglo-Saxon. This is why the rest of my mother's rule and the beginning of mine will be so crucial, because we will set the tone for the next few centuries of English history, with the direct choice being between ruling over England and West Francia at the expense of our limited holdings in Ireland and our growing influence over Scotland, or shall we create a French state out of The Kingdom of Brittany in order to abandon the continent and move onto ruling over The British Isles instead. England is strong, but we don't have the resources to do both, not yet anyway, and especially not with Crusades often draining our resources as we see now with my mother off to help The Carolingians on their controversial crusade against our fellow Christians in Constantinople despite even the most loyal of Bishops pleading against her that this is an unholy war, a cursed Crusade.
Cursed Crusade or not, I cannot wait until my mother returns from the fringes of Europe and takes me back to London, takes me back to Memphis Palace to prepare me to eventually succeed her and fills me in with her vision as to which way I should lead England on this particular fork in the road. The House Aethelfrithing will not see our realm torn apart by rebellions in Ireland during invasions by Franks or Gascon revolts during incursions in Scotland, England has beat The West Franks because of our centralization and tight control over nobility making up for our smaller population and nature as an island nation, but if our realm grows too large, too fast, we may lose control of everything. I want to be a great ruler, I want to be remembered for the numerous successes of my reign, but Aethelthryth The Great conquered England, Aethelthryth The Immortal conquered Wales, and Aethelthryth VII expanded our realm well into West Francia, meanwhile, my dynasty has expanded into Norway, Egypt, Italy, and The Duchy of Ulster in Ireland without direct intervention from The English crown, with all of this already accomplished, what else can realistically be done?
Alright ladies and gentleman, this has been the prologue, I have finished it early despite some technical difficulties and at the same time, I've also finished chapter sixteen of my Star Wars: The Old Republic fanfiction The Sorcery Within The Sith Empire on my Coimbra-Bertone account on my , which has been in limbo ever since my now completed story The Marchioness of Torino started. Now, my plan is to do this a bit differently from Marchioness and write these two stories concurrently, so after today's surprise double upload, TSWTSE chapter seventeen will be uploaded next week - March 3rd, 2019 - and then chapter two of this story will be posted on March 10th, 2019, with the stories alternating weekly from then on. Therefore, we will be back in two weeks time with the first proper chapter of The Anglo-Saxon Chronicles containing both Aethelthryth The Great and Aethelthryth XI, but if you want something sooner than that, The Sorcery Within The Sith Empire is there over on and if you haven't read it, there's also my completed twenty-five chapter story Italian Renaissance lesbian romance and war story, The Marchioness of Torino on this very account. So please, read, review, and enjoy!
I love you all, peace out!