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    EDIT: Scotland - http://www.mediafire.com/file/5j5vpf...Scotland_8.sav

    Once with the return of Florence to the Kingdom of Sicily, the ban on the Doge of Genoa will be lifted and any penalties will be eliminated. Pope Paschal has now started assembling a diplomatic escort for a trip to the Holy Lands to report the situation of the Christian population and visit the nearby states.
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    AoC_Genova_8.zip sorry mediafire seems to not let me upload right now so i send this way. RP will be up momentarily. Genoa Up

    David Dunkeld had just finished clearing out the keep of Caen and having his men clean it up for the English when they arrive with their payment for the Castle.


    "What news of that Robert eh? Any sight of em?" David asked his scouts who had returned to the main hall.


    "Sir it appears he has fled into France, they either do not have the balls to face us, or they are taking advantages of opportunities as the French are reportedly experiencing a civil war or dispute of some sort. Sir the Robber Barons are here." The lead scout retorted to David.


    "Robert has no home to run to, he will make a new one, or die trying. Until we find him again that is.....Where are these Robber Barons you speak of" Said David.


    "Sir there are all over France! It is chaos if the reports are true. Rennes is under attack by a discontented French knight from Picardy, his name is Anseau that is all i know Sir."The scout quickly jumbled with his words trying to remember all he could.

    David was thinking, trying to strategize the future, his army would be giving Caen to the English any day now and they would have nothing to do but head home, or cause trouble where they aren't supposed to.

    "Get me my messenger boy! In haste!" David had an idea.
    David wrote a letter to the French Royal King Phillip, He didn't wish to war with France, but he couldn't be aligned with an assumed enemy of his own ally, England. He decided the Robber Baron's were a more mutual problem for if they were to successfully rebel and overthrow the French, The Scots and English would still have to deal with them anyway.....

    David offers to take out Anseau for the French that are besieged in Rennes, and more aide if needed, at a price.

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    A few days pass , and the messenger returns from France.
    He brings the letter immediately to David.

    "Tell most of the infantrymen to stay back in case Robert or any others try to reclaim this castle! Knights and Noblemen your with me! WE RIDE!"David saddled up his mighty horse and his knights, they set out immediately to relieve the siege of Rennes.

    It was about midnight, the men were tired. They decided to stop at a local inn off the road. they were on the border of Caen and the French lands near Rennes.

    "Aye my men will need many o kegs for tonight!"David exclaimed as they walk into a large tavern , most of the men are outside as the couple hundred soldiers with David likely wouldn't fit inside.

    The sight and smell of all the stinky Scots walking in, was too much for many to handle and they quickly departed from the bar.

    "Aye what do your men drink to this night?!"A large burly man said from his table, almost knocking his drink over as he got up to look at the Scots.

    "We drink to freedom, and to future victory! The scum Anseau will rest with my sword resting in his chest!"David tried to sound intimidating and tough at the last part.

    "Anseau? That stupid prick who is he bothering these days?"
    The burly man said.

    "You know him? He tries to claim Rennes for himself, we heard his men were encamped outside, cutting off supplies and trade to the town. Doubt they'll expect a horde of Scottish knights to flank their camp!" David was kinda tipsy and in good spirits really feeling himself.

    "I'd love for a chance to bury my axe in that man's head. My name is Ranald by the way, of Ross-shire, my father a Scotsman, my Mother a French maiden, we moved here when i was young. It's good to see the folks of my childhood, it has been a while. Say, are you boys in need of any helping hands? Me and my men here all ex-French Knights with plenty of combat expertise. Maybe you could throw us a few kegs for the troubles! What do ya say?!"Ranald was inspired by David and was eager to find Anseau.

    Without a word, David takes the first keg and cracks it opens pouring beers for all of Ranald's men. They all cheer and start to drink heavily.

    While in a drunken stupor, David suggests they don't wait any longer he wanted to ride out to battle.

    Ranald was very drunk too, so he was easily convinced.

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    The men were hammered, many laughing loudly as they ride their horses through the dense forest.

    They were travelling for what felt like an eternity, the men begun thinking they were getting lost, when they saw a flicker of fire in the distance.

    "Do you see that?" One drunk soldier asked out loud.

    "Shhhhh shhhh quiet!"David told his men to quiet and move silent.

    They creeped their way slowly through the woods and closer towards the fire. The closer they got they notice this a large camp.

    David and Ranald's forces were about 200 heavy knight cavalry, and 350 -400 highland noblemen.

    Anseau's camp was roughly 1,000 infantry with couple hundred crossbowmen and couple hundred heavy knights.
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    Ranald was in the front of the formation, they were getting VERY close only about 120 ft away. The camp looked quiet and to be mostly asleep.

    Ranald let out a massive burp and fart at the same time, frightening his horse, it starts running straight ahead very fast, uncontrollably. The men are trying to contain their laughter at first, until they see Ranald's horse charging right into the camp with him on it alone!

    "After him! CHARGE!!!"

    Now there was a massive stampede. Large armored horses with heavy plated knights amount them, and a horde of highland scots wielding massive claymores charged into the camp.

    Many of the French knights were still in their tents and were unable to get on their horses in time. The claymores were also very useful for slicing horse heads clean off.

    Ranald was drunk but was still able to tell face from face , and he spotted Anseau, and a rekindled rage embued him.

    Anseau was motioning one of his men to head to the west side of the camp, when Ranald cleaved through his arm cleanly, blood hosing out of his stubby shoulder nub. He fell to the floor and fainted. Ranald was not done, and continued beating Anseau's unconscious body to a pulp. He grabbed Anseau's remaining arm and planted his foot on Anseaus chest. He pulled his arm as hard as he could while pushing with his foot against Anseaus chest as hard as he could. You could hear popping sounds and tearing of flesh as the arm severed very uncleanly leaving torn flesh and uneven rips all across the skin. He was so drunk when the arm came off he almost fell on his ass from pulling so hard. After regaining his balance he took the arm and started beating Anseau with it. Anseau must have been dead at this point but no one could confirm nor deny.


    In an effort to save his body from defilement. One of the french knights had managed to get on his horse and charged at Ranald.

    The knight struck Ranald right in his breastplate with a mace sticking in to the metal banding as he rode by. The knight still holding his mace fell as Ranald didn't even fall from the strike. The knight landed in a puddle of mud, when finished clearing away his visor and looked up, Ranald was standing there, mace still stuck in his breastplate, arm in hand. He put one foot on the knights shoulder, then the other. The knight struggled to get free but wearing all that plate armor was hard to get out of the mud, especially as he had taken a fall off his horse.
    Ranald was feeling queesy from all the motion of alcohol in his gut. He belched out projectile vomit all over the knight before he said "Ah i feel much better" before pummeling the man into oblivion with the arm of Anseau. He had beaten the man so badly the bones in the arm of Anseau he was using to beat the man, started to break and crack. The arm now looked more mangled and was misshapen due to all the broken bones inside of it.

    The battle field had cleared most of the French rebels had run off.


    "You fought fiercefully, and mightily. I am glad we crossed paths friend. You may stay with us if you like, we set out to kill more Robber Barons. You can command your own squad too as you like, you have proven yourself worthy."David admired Ranald's heroics even if he was also a bit afraid of the man after what he had heard he did during the fight.

    "Aye i will gladly join you. My men would like their payment though and would like to return home. They never intended to set out on a war." Ranald was stained in blood and looked to be in a post drunk exhaustion. His face completely red and even bits of organ and flesh could be seen in his beard and bits of his clothing.

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    Poland: http://www.mediafire.com/file/40wto5...C_Poland_8.sav

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    Hungary : https://www.dropbox.com/s/cwzr1msedj...ary_8.sav?dl=0

    Poland declares war on Denmark !
    Seeing the poor danish defences in the north made Boleslaw eager to strike.
    Let's hope it will pay off...


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    King Niels had plenty to think of. After all, he was not totally idle in the past few years in the north.

    And, as expected, one would come to his humble abode. But the trees had eyes, and the forest had ears. It was up to the Poles to decide their fate now. Fall ambitious men, attacking an unwelcoming north, or live with their ambitions on the mainland. It was the Polish King's choice.

    But one way or another the King of Scandinavia, bold as his title was, would have his way.

    Onto the Sicilians,
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    I am sorry, I forgot my turn was up. Someone could have notified me though in the past days.

    France up!
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    Then it is a good thing that somebody, in fact, did

    Admin warning beyond that perhaps? Hindsight? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ Beyond that now I suppose.

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    sent a message to a few parties for diplomacy..might take another day to do my turn depending on the quickness of there response [bows]

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    I meant as after you sent me the save while a few days passed between may 22 and 27.

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    i’ll be able to play on thursday, so take your time

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    King Phillip had observed as fighting had broken out throughout the kingdom of France , and beyond , as the world seemed to have gone mad , with anger and grievances ,as feudal lords , fought there rulers , and duchy's war'd against each other in italy. The holy roman empire spoke out, that they would support the French crown against English aggression, if such a thing took place , and the French kingdom reciprocated , saying that it would speak to genoa , about its aggression against the empire with some action in the future , if it persisted with its madness.

    The halls of the French kings castle were awash with diplomat's scurrying back and forth , as the various parties of Europe spoke to each other , in haste to avoid or instigate further conflict. One such message was from the pope himself , as he sought to avert a war between parties of the northern kingdoms at this time. The Pope expressed his support about avoiding such conflict , but with his kingdom {France} now awash with rebellious French barons , King Phillip thought it best to try some diplomacy himself , to avert such troubles that would afflict his kingdom further. He spoke to various parties first , to get confirmation of his facts straight, and then dictated a treaty to be presented to the English king [named after a town which existed halfway between Paris and Caen- Evreux] , in what would clarify what the English position was, and to keep the French state from entering further conflicts which it could ill afford to face , at this time.


    {situation in the north}

    Frances problem's were fourfold , as the robber barons had attacked Rennes, to the northwest , Bruges to the north , and worse of all , the forces which had been the most persistent pain in the posterior , under Elias de Maine had marched from their base at the town of O'rleans {fort} to besiege French crown forces at the fortress at Tours. To further compound matters , the Anglo-Normans still sat in their ships, on the coastline of France, neither moving to claim the disputed lands of Normandy from Scotland ,but rather sat within easy reach of French lands , their intent unclear , whilst the English kings brother , Robert Curthose, petitioned the French king for sanctuary within French lands.



    One problem had been solved when the scottish leader of the forces at Caen , had offered his men and forces to annihilate the French rebels besieging the town of Rennes, and advisors from the French king had rode to see the action . The Scottish appeared to have a ragtag army of units , from all sorts of classes , from Scottish nobles , who fought with mail and armour, to what the French saw as barbarians who dressed in a ragged tartan dress . Mercenaries too were within this army , but their appearance , was of little relevance when the observers saw the destructive ability of the Scottish in battle. They did not look like much , they commented , but by God , they could fight! Claymores , axes , and various other instruments of war , cleaved through the robber barons forces , like so much kindling , leaving what rebels left to flee the field , whilst the few Scottish nobles rode, down there fleeing foes. The observers wrote back to King Phillip, recommending that hiring these fierce warriors of Scotland , would be in the interest of France , for they had never seen any with such furiosity in battle.

    The King sent a response to the Scottish nobles , thanking them for there service to France , and invited the victorious general with a small company of his choice [upto 3 units] to visit him , in the court in France , so that he could be thanked properly , and coordinate the monies , the French had promised , to further show their goodwill at there actions. Ceremonies were prepared to welcome these warriors , and give them the thanks of the French people , for the effort , they had done on their behalf. Moneys to be paid to the Scottish , were delayed , due to the recent recruitment , combined with increased banditry and robber barons efforts , burning and capturing caravans of goods, and taxes between the city's , as the corruption of the kingdom's merchant services temporary broke down.

    As for the Anglo-Norman's , the King of France , frowned at the new response , that England , had sent , which raised tensions in the north , and the King mulled over what actions he would do , to aid his own Cousin in the north , who was besieged by rebels, for if England , was belligerent , he couldnt march north, beat the rebels , and leave his forces vulnerable to a strike , from the Anglo-Normans.

    "We can relieve Bruges and save your cousin ,Ralph ...you just have to give the word!", spoke the constable of France, who was eager for combat.

    "We are vulnerable at this time " , sighed the French king , "If the English strike your army with a swift assault , after you have won such a victory , how will that profit france? You would have won a battle , and lost the kingdom......for is it not said....... La raison du plus fort est toujours la meilleure!" {trans : The strongest reason is always the best. or in otherwords in English- "Might makes right."}

    "We must try something to ease this problem , Diplomacy perhaps, let us see if we can solve things that way?", replied the king , thinking deeply

    "We might loss Bruges, if we delay, Sire?" , spoke the constable of France, as gritted his teeth , at the denial of battle , and looked crestfallen.

    "Il faut casser le noyau pour avoir l'amande! ", replied the king {trans :"You need to break the shell to have the almond." or in English :- No pain no gain.}

    Heralds departed Paris , to deliver this treaty to the English Norman leader in charge of the English monarch's forces , which were off shore of the northern coast of France, for their approval and confirmation , or to see whether the English had any militaristic views for French lands..





    {coat of arms of Evreux}

    The copy of the treaty was given to English personel [spies] who were patrolling around the City of Caen , for giving to the English commander . If the commander , agrees to the treaties terms, [depending on the kings or his reactions] , then the treaty can be signed at Evreux , with Scottish and papal representative present , who will also sign the document , as a show of faith , in the English kings word.


    {submitted Treaty of Evreux 1109AD}

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    {don't mess with spearmen }

    Down in central France , Elias de Maine had laid siege to Tours, assisted by a additional company attacking from the south. Two companies of French feudal troopers accompanied by some armoured spearmen were sent to counter this action. The rebel company to the south of Tour's was found to be a company of 116 experienced chivalric knights , who had refused to dig trenches for the siege, and not built up siege fortifications as it was beneath there rank. Henceforth , the French companies of feudal foot , and armoured spearmen , surprised them , assaulting there camp in the rear. Obtaining complete surprise , whilst the French noble rebels, were eating , the foot troops rushed the camp, hurling flaming branch's into tents , and assaulting those closest , as the nobles had posted no scouts to alert them to the danger , they were under.

    The French Feudal troops , with sword and shield began to cutup the vulnerable nobles, as they reached for their weapons , and there camp tents , were set alight, the smoke blocked sight of the armoured spearmen, who struck the horse pool , were the knights mounts were located , and in the confusion of combat, with smoke and fire everywhere, the spearmen began to kill the precious heavy mounts , with the rest fleeing into the countryside. The nobles , now devoid of mounts , and in many cases without there full armour , fell easily to the foot troops of the south, who delighted in the ease of the combat


    {Amaury de Foix shows his infatic overwhelming joy at being promoted to knighthood after successfully attacking chivalric knights }

    In celebration to the small victory , the foot troopers of the south , had gained, the commander of this small force , was given a award of knighthood by word of the Count of Toulouse to the south , and the newly promoted noble , Amaury de Foix , moved his army group to support the fortress of Tours , which was undersiege from Elias de Maine's main forces . From the west , Fulk d'Anjou brought more troops , whilst Captain mathier brought the garrison from the town of Nevers {fort} to the east. Hugh de Burgundy , who commanded the main forces , inside Tours , grimaced at the sight of Elias troops , especially those experience armoured swordsmen, who he thought , still would make the difference or advantage to the rebels , if the siege was brought to assault.



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    The norman succession of Williams the conquerors lands or how Henry came to power [pt2/2]

    Early reign, 1100–06
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    Henry became King of England following the death of William Rufus, who had been shot while hunting. On the afternoon of 2 August 1100, the King had gone hunting in the New Forest, accompanied by a team of huntsmen and a number of the Norman nobility, including Henry. An arrow was fired, possibly by the baron Walter Tirel, which hit and killed William Rufus.Numerous conspiracy theories have been put forward suggesting that the King was killed deliberately; most modern historians reject these, as hunting was a risky activity, and such accidents were common. Chaos broke out, and Tirel fled the scene for France, either because he had fired the fatal shot, or because he had been incorrectly accused and feared that he would be made a scapegoat for the King's death.{Personally I like to think this is close to something G.R Martin might use for his game of thrones , for earlier ,when Richard the second son of william the conqueror dies in a "hunting accident", and now william rufus , the third son , also dies in another "hunting" accident, now leaving the landless fourth son , with the inheritance of the whole of england , seems rather suspicious to me , particulary as there relationship between the brothers was particulary fractious , ........ to lose one son in a hunting accident can be a misfortune, but to lose two , might be something else [eyes twinkle ]

    Henry rode to Winchester, where an argument ensued as to who now had the best claim to the throne. William of Breteuil championed the rights of Robert, who was still abroad, returning from the Crusade, and to whom Henry and the barons had given homage in previous years. Henry argued that, unlike Robert, he had been born to a reigning king and queen, thereby giving him a claim under the right of porphyrogeniture. Tempers flared, but Henry, supported by Henry de Beaumont and Robert of Meulan, held sway and persuaded the barons to follow him.

    He occupied Winchester Castle and seized the royal treasury.Henry was hastily crowned king in Westminster Abbey on 5 August by Maurice, the Bishop of London, as Anselm, the Archbishop of Canterbury, had been exiled by William Rufus, and Thomas, the Archbishop of York, was in the north of England at Ripon. In accordance with English tradition and in a bid to legitimise his rule, Henry issued a coronation charter laying out various commitments. The new king presented himself as having restored order to a trouble-torn country. He announced that he would abandon William Rufus's policies towards the Church, which had been seen as oppressive by the clergy; he promised to prevent royal abuses of the barons' property rights, and assured a return to the gentler customs of Edward the Confessor; he asserted that he would "establish a firm peace" across England and ordered "that this peace shall henceforth be kept".

    In addition to his existing circle of supporters, many of whom were richly rewarded with new lands, Henry quickly co-opted many of the existing administration into his new royal household. William Giffard, William Rufus's chancellor, was made the Bishop of Winchester, and the prominent sheriffs Urse d'Abetot, Haimo Dapifer and Robert Fitzhamon continued to play a senior role in government. By contrast, the unpopular Ranulf Flambard, the Bishop of Durham and a key member of the previous regime, was imprisoned in the Tower of London and charged with corruption. The late king had left many church positions unfilled, and Henry set about nominating candidates to these, in an effort to build further support for his new government. The appointments needed to be consecrated, and Henry wrote to Anselm, apologising for having been crowned while the Archbishop was still in France and asking him to return at once.


    {Matilda of Scotland, daughter of Malcolm III of Scotland}

    Marriage to Matilda, 1100
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    On 11 November 1100 Henry married Matilda, the daughter of Malcolm III of Scotland. Henry was now around 31 years old, but late marriages for noblemen were not unusual in the 11th century. The pair had probably first met earlier the previous decade, possibly being introduced through Bishop Osmund of Salisbury. Historian Warren Hollister argues that Henry and Matilda were emotionally close, but their union was also certainly politically motivated. Matilda had originally been named Edith, an Anglo-Saxon name, and was a member of the West Saxon royal family, being the niece of Edgar the Ætheling, the great-granddaughter of Edmund Ironside and a descendant of Alfred the Great. For Henry, marrying Matilda gave his reign increased legitimacy, and for Matilda, an ambitious woman, it was an opportunity for high status and power in England.

    Matilda had been educated in a sequence of convents, however, and may well have taken the vows to formally become a nun, which formed an obstacle to the marriage progressing. She did not wish to be a nun and appealed to Anselm for permission to marry Henry, and the Archbishop established a council at Lambeth Palace to judge the issue. Despite some dissenting voices, the council concluded that although Matilda had lived in a convent, she had not actually become a nun and was therefore free to marry, a judgement that Anselm then affirmed, allowing the marriage to proceed. Matilda proved an effective queen for Henry, acting as a regent in England on occasion, addressing and presiding over councils, and extensively supporting the arts. The couple soon had two children, Matilda, born in 1102, and William Adelin, born in 1103; it is possible that they also had a second son, Richard, who died young. Following the birth of these children, Matilda preferred to remain based in Westminster while Henry travelled across England and Normandy, either for religious reasons or because she enjoyed being involved in the machinery of royal governance.

    Treaty of Alton, 1101–02
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    By early 1101, Henry's new regime was established and functioning, but many of the Anglo-Norman elite still supported Robert, or would be prepared to switch sides if Henry's elder brother appeared likely to gain power in England. In February, Flambard escaped from the Tower of London and crossed the Channel to Normandy, where he injected fresh direction and energy to Robert's attempts to mobilise an invasion force. By July, Robert had formed an army and a fleet, ready to move against Henry in England. Raising the stakes in the conflict, Henry seized Flambard's lands and, with the support of Anselm, Flambard was removed from his position as bishop. Henry held court in April and June, where the nobility renewed their oaths of allegiance to him, but their support still appeared partial and shaky.

    With the invasion imminent, Henry mobilised his forces and fleet outside Pevensey, close to Robert's anticipated landing site, training some of them personally in how to counter cavalry charges. Despite English levies and knights owing military service to the Church arriving in considerable numbers, many of his barons did not appear. Anselm intervened with some of the doubters, emphasising the religious importance of their loyalty to Henry. Robert unexpectedly landed further up the coast at Portsmouth on 20 July with a modest force of a few hundred men, but these were quickly joined by many of the barons in England. However, instead of marching into nearby Winchester and seizing Henry's treasury, Robert paused, giving Henry time to march west and intercept the invasion force.

    The two armies met at Alton where peace negotiations began, possibly initiated by either Henry or Robert, and probably supported by Flambard. The brothers then agreed to the Treaty of Alton, under which Robert released Henry from his oath of homage and recognised him as king; Henry renounced his claims on western Normandy, except for Domfront, and agreed to pay Robert £2,000 a year for life; if either brother died without a male heir, the other would inherit his lands; the barons whose lands had been seized by either the King or the Duke for supporting his rival would have them returned, and Flambard would be reinstated as bishop; the two brothers would campaign together to defend their territories in Normandy. Robert remained in England for a few months more with Henry before returning to Normandy.

    Despite the treaty, Henry set about inflicting severe penalties on the barons who had stood against him during the invasion. William de Warenne, the Earl of Surrey, was accused of fresh crimes, which were not covered by the Alton amnesty, and was banished from England. In 1102 Henry then turned against Robert of Bellême and his brothers, the most powerful of the barons, accusing him of 45 different offences. Robert escaped and took up arms against Henry. Henry besieged Robert's castles at Arundel, Tickhill and Shrewsbury, pushing down into the south-west to attack Bridgnorth. His power base in England broken, Robert accepted Henry's offer of banishment and left the country for Normandy.

    Conquest of Normandy, 1103–06
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    Henry's network of allies in Normandy became stronger during 1103. Henry married Juliana, one of his illegitimate daughters, to Eustace of Breteuil, and another illegitimate daughter, Matilda, to Rotrou, the Count of Perche, on the Normandy border. Henry attempted to win over other members of the Normandy nobility and gave other English estates and lucrative offers to key Norman lords. Duke Robert continued to fight Robert of Bellême, but the Duke's position worsened, until by 1104, he had to ally himself formally with Bellême to survive.

    Arguing that Duke Robert had broken the terms of their treaty, Henry crossed over the Channel to Domfront, where he met with senior barons from across Normandy, eager to ally themselves with the King. Henry confronted his brother and accused him of siding with his enemies, before returning to England.Normandy continued to disintegrate into chaos. In 1105, Henry sent his friend Robert Fitzhamon and a force of knights into the Duchy, apparently to provoke a confrontation with Duke Robert. Fitzhamon was captured, and Henry used this as an excuse to invade, promising to restore peace and order. Henry had the support of most of the neighbouring counts around Normandy's borders, and King Philip of France was persuaded to remain neutral. Henry occupied western Normandy, and advanced east on Bayeux, where Fitzhamon was held. The city refused to surrender, and Henry besieged it, burning it to the ground. Terrified of meeting the same fate, the town of Caen switched sides and surrendered, allowing Henry to advance on Falaise, which he took with some casualties. Henry's campaign stalled, and the King instead began peace discussions with Robert. The negotiations were inconclusive and the fighting dragged on until Christmas, when Henry returned to England.


    {Battle of Tinchebray}

    Henry invaded again in July 1106, hoping to provoke a decisive battle. After some initial tactical successes, he turned south-west towards the castle of Tinchebray. He besieged the castle and Duke Robert, supported by Robert of Bellême, advanced from Falaise to relieve it. After attempts at negotiation failed, the Battle of Tinchebray took place, probably on 28 September. The battle lasted around an hour, and began with a charge by Duke Robert's cavalry; the infantry and dismounted knights of both sides then joined the battle. Henry's reserves, led by Elias, the Count of Maine and Alan, the Duke of Brittany, attacked the enemy's flanks, routing first Bellême's troops and then the bulk of the ducal forces. Duke Robert was taken prisoner, but Bellême escaped.


    {map showing location of Tinchebray castle in Normandy}

    Henry mopped up the remaining resistance in Normandy, and Robert ordered his last garrisons to surrender. Reaching Rouen, Henry reaffirmed the laws and customs of Normandy and took homage from the leading barons and citizens. The lesser prisoners taken at Tinchebray were released, but Robert and several other leading nobles were imprisoned indefinitely. Henry's nephew, Robert's son William Clito, was only three years old and was released to the care of Helias of Saint-Saens, a Norman baron. Henry reconciled himself with Robert of Bellême, who gave up the ducal lands he had seized and rejoined the royal court. Henry had no way of legally removing the Duchy from his brother Robert, and initially Henry avoided using the title "duke" at all, emphasising that, as the King of England, he was only acting as the guardian of the troubled Duchy.

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