288 – Extracurricular Activities

I wonder if King Rudolph of France resented his crown.

I mean, seeking the crown probably seemed like a good idea at the time but the whole thing had been turning out to be an enormous headache. And it all started when Rudolph’s father in law (Robert) rebelled against King Charles and drove him into Lorraine. Pretty soon thereafter, Robert got himself crowned as King of the Franks. And that’s not too bad… a father in law who was King of the Franks? Sounds great.

The trouble, though, was that Charles was still out there, and he had allies. One was Rollo, the Viking Duke of Normandy. But it didn’t stop there, Charles also had the Lotharingians. And sure enough it wasn’t long before Charles came screaming back into France supported by a Lotharingian army… and while Charles was no match for the Frankish military and he was forced to flee the field with what was left of the Lotharingian men… they still managed to deal a serious blow to the new ruling order of France. Because King Robert of the Franks lay dead in the field.

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