Planned out the next piece on the anarchy, which should start with some background on Matilda’s activities (including a minor digression about an Anti-Pope), before moving on to her landing in England and some siegecraft. Then a bloke called Nigel and a peace conference in the bath. Er, in Bath. Easy.
Today I wrote up the early reign of King Stephen of England. Things started off well for him, then they went a bit downhill. Tomorrow, pictures, basic edit and then I’ll put it up here.
Today I planned out the next part of the Anarchy – the travails of King Stephen in securing his throne, right up until the point Matilda turned up on his shore. Things were pretty anarchic even before the Angevins showed up!
Today I present Prelude To A Civil War – The Origins Of The Anarchy, part 2 of the English Civil War series, where we learn that it is one thing for a man to found a kingdom, but quite another for his descendants to pass it on. Brotherly rivalry sets the stage for a single shipwreck to drive the entire realm into eighteen years of war.
Today I wound up writing a lot more about the fractious relationship between the sons of William the Conqueror that I intended. Good fun stuff, though, and I think I’ve set the stage well for the Anarchy. Now to polish it, illustrate it, and plan out the next one!
Today I planned out the next historical installment – the events leading up to the first truly major English civil war, the 18 years period known as the Anarchy. Hope to get it out in the next few days.