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    Edmund Haroldson was pleased to find himself not only surviving the Battle of York's consequences, but actually ending up with land of his own - and all it had taken was the downfall of Morcar who, Edmund believed, he'd been fair enough to by directly telling the truth that Edgar was stripping him of his lands and titles, as opposed to trying to treacherously seize him down the road as Osulf had apparently planned. Now true, his demesne was not nearly as great as Uncle Gyrth's had been, but being ever the optimist, he was sure it was only the first step on the road to greater things.

    But of course, to ensure that road didn't run into a dead end, he needed to sire heirs. Also, endearing himself to his subjects couldn't hurt.

    And so, Harold Godwinson's second son found himself visiting harvest festivals throughout his Norfolk dominion, mingling with the local thegns and peasants alike, freely partaking of ale and pork and the finest catch of the local fishermen alike...and taking turns dancing with the local women. He kept his eyes open for any comely daughters of thegns, whether their fathers be patriarchs whose lineages stretched back to the time of Alfred and Saint Edmund the Martyr or ceorls and merchants who'd acquired enough hides of land to earn thegn-right as late as his father's day.

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    Far to the northwest, William Perceval was also looking for a wife, though not for himself; his Adelaide served well enough in that regard, and had borne him several children already. No, now he was looking for a woman to marry his son and heir Richard, who had already nearly been killed at the Second Battle of the Wye, on top of ingratiating himself with his subjects - a proud and confident Norman he might be, but he learned enough from the bloody two-year campaign against the Leofricson rebellion that these Saxons were a tough sort, and it was wiser to try to get them on board with the new regime than to aggravate them to the point of another rebellion. So he sent out messengers to the various 'thanes' and 'tithingmen' who now had to contend with him as their appointed overlord and inviting them to a feast in his hall, where their families too were welcome. Including, nay especially, any nubile daughters they might have.

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    Harold Godwinson's second son found himself visiting harvest festivals throughout his Norfolk dominion, mingling with the local thegns and peasants alike, freely partaking of ale and pork and the finest catch of the local fishermen alike...and taking turns dancing with the local women. He kept his eyes open for any comely daughters of thegns, whether their fathers be patriarchs whose lineages stretched back to the time of Alfred and Saint Edmund the Martyr or ceorls and merchants who'd acquired enough hides of land to earn thegn-right as late as his father's day.
    His search would prove eventful, leaving him with a couple lovely choices to choose from.

    Firstly there was Lynette, a fair haired maiden of 16 with flaxen hair and piercing green eyes. Being the daughter of a thegn in Horsford she would make a fine bride. She enjoys horseback riding and reciting poetry.

    Secondly there is Kendra, a raven haired woman of 22 who stood of short stature, but with wide hips and rosy cheeks. She was the daughter of a prominent merchant who specialized in the mining trade. While holding a smaller estate he is descended from an older lineage. She enjoys a fine cup of wine and a seat by a warm fire.

    Far to the northwest, William Perceval was also looking for a wife, though not for himself; his Adelaide served well enough in that regard, and had borne him several children already. No, now he was looking for a woman to marry his son and heir Richard, who had already nearly been killed at the Second Battle of the Wye, on top of ingratiating himself with his subjects - a proud and confident Norman he might be, but he learned enough from the bloody two-year campaign against the Leofricson rebellion that these Saxons were a tough sort, and it was wiser to try to get them on board with the new regime than to aggravate them to the point of another rebellion. So he sent out messengers to the various 'thanes' and 'tithingmen' who now had to contend with him as their appointed overlord and inviting them to a feast in his hall, where their families too were welcome. Including, nay especially, any nubile daughters they might have.
    His lords turn out in number, though few seem to have available daughters for marriage. A few choices eventually become apparent.

    Firstly there is Hilda a short woman of 27 who makes up for her small stature in girth; some would even dare to say she was heavy. With curly brown hair and pale skin she was not quite homely, but nor was she a beauty. Her father being the thane in Southwell, a position he had received upon the death of his two older brothers. What she lacks in looks she makes up for in intelligence. She has an apt interest in legends and folklore and enjoys tracing heraldry.

    Secondly is Elga, a young cheerful girl of 14 who has fiery red hair an fair skin, her face peppered with a multitude of freckles. Her father being only a tithingmen, she expects to be married to a local noble or maybe a cousin. She likes flowers and keeps a garden that she cares for obsessively, as well as dogs.
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    Haroldson finds himself enamored with Lynette, and would prepare to marry her - in the sight of the church, of course, so that any children of theirs would be undeniably legitimate, unlike himself - before taking her to bed.

    Likewise, Perceval's russet-haired heir found himself attracted to young, similarly red-haired Elga and ultimately chose her over the alternatives.

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