272 – The End of the Age of AEthelflaed

Trying to tell the story of AEthelflaed is like trying to study gravity. We know her indirectly, by the impressions she left and the political shifts that happen around her. We can see the impact she left both on her lands, and in the devotion of her subjects.

And so in many respects, we know AEthelflaed through the shadow she left in her wake. And the size and strength of these political and military feats seem to far outstrip the picture of AEthelflaed that is painted in the Chronicle – particularly the picture painted in the copy made in Wessex during the reign of her brother Edward… which essentially paints no picture at all.

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  1. This episode reminded me of one of my games of Crusader Kings 2.
    My mighty Duke of Bohemia was in his 30s, healthy, popular, great stats. After years of planning, I was finally ready to launch an invasion of those vile Dead God worshipers of East Frankia (conveniently in succession wars with the other Frankias). I gathered my vassals and allies for a final awesome feast. Oaths were renewed, pledges reaffirmed. In the middle of the festivities, one of them buggers poisons me. The throne goes to my imbecile lunatic first-born (that I thought I had enough time to get rid of), Moravia is lost in the succession and my former Polish ally pushes his claim to my realm.
    I guess these things happen when both AEthelflaed and I play on Ironman difficulty…

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