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Actual Play (sort of): the Annales Salisburgienses (488)


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Anno CDLXXXVIII: Eo anno, Uterpendragon rex Loegriae Madocum principem, filium suum, cum exercitu in Galliam misit Syagrio Romanorum regi subvenire, cuius regnum Franci sibi subjugaverant.  Sed mox Madocus ad Britanniam rediit, postquam Bagias cepit nec cum Francis aliter conflixit; nam reperti sunt homines Britanni inter Syagrii milites, qui a Sulien duce Bedegraniae exiliati erant.

Horum exulum unus erat Brannud ille miles gregarius, a quo frater Godefridi, Germanus miles beatae memoriae, in proelio victus occisusque erat.   Nihilominus Godefridus Brannudque amicabiliter alius alium invicem tractabant, ut militibus veris sincerisque decebat.  Gerontius quoque cum Madoco ad Galliam transierat, et, cum exercitus Britannorum Bagias oppugnarent, fortiter ab ambobus militibus Sarisburiensibus pugnatum est.

Et antea quoque eo anno Godefridus specimen nobilis militiae ostentaverat; nam, cum Rodericum comitem ad aulam regis comitatus esset, certus factus est se a multis hominibus calumniari.  Hos pravos rumores quis finxisset, nullo modo discooperiri potuit; sed mulier erat Bedegraniae, quae mentiente ore repetebat quae audierat.  Qua vindicata, monomachiam fecit Godefridus cum Segurant milite, qui vir clarissimus defensor illius mulieris erat, et, cum concertarent, Godefridus victor exstitit.

Hoc anno quoque Gerontius miles dapifer Roderici comitis factus est.

 

“This is another year in which the interpolator or someone else has woven the two strands of material together.  The join is rather obvious here, for it is appears that the author of the Logres material regards Prince Madoc’s anger at the presence of the British exiles among Syagrius’ men as justified, whereas the author of the Salisbury strand admires Godfrey’s willingness to forgive the killer of his brother.”

 

We’re pretty much on track for the GPC chronology-wise, with the invasion of France and the capture of Bayeux.  As usual, the first paragraph is devoted to the canon events.  However, the last bit (nam reperti sunt homines Britanni inter Syagrii milites, qui a Sulien duce Bedegraniae exiliati erant) is added detail that should be removed if you want to transfer this to your own campaign

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