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Year 511: King Arthur, Morgawse and Salisbury

Spring court in the year five hundred and eleven was held at King Arthur’s court at Carlion.

Many banners flew from the walls of Carlion. Banners that were lost on our new knights, all except Sir Rhodri who could clearly see who was about. It seemed Ulfius of Silchester was present, along with Sir Brastias whose heraldry appeared with Cornish banners. King Arthur’s step father Sir Ector and his step brother Sir Kay were also in attendance. He could also see the banner of Lothian. Why would King Lot be here he thought to himself.

It was soon apparent, however, that it was not King Lot who was here but Queen Morgawse, his wife. She was talking with King Arthur through much of the feast and talk was on what her game might be. Was here as a spy for her beloved? or is she working for King Arthur to help bring down King Lot. Whatever it was, throughout the feast she was spending a lot of time with Arthur and two seemed to get out very well. Much to Merlin’s chagrin.

Sir Olwen danced with his new bride Lady Cecillia de Vallans and it was clear that she was gifted as a dancer which overshadowed by Sir Olwen’s inability to put one foot in front of the other.

Sir Pelinore also danced with his wife Lady Lora but she was in her cups and fell asleep on his shoulder. He picked her up and, making his apology to the earl, left to carry her to their room.

During the feast King Arthur gave a speech on the brotherhood of knighthood and that that unites all knights together but that we should strive to be more than just knights, to uphold those that can’t defend themselves and to give quarter to downed opponents. The Sir Pelinore was about to pipe up, asking if that included Saxons but his words were lost as Sir Caemes backhanded him off his chair. The knight from Dorchester picked himself up and kept his mouth shut.

More talk was had on what to do with regards the Saxons and the rebels. Some favoured striking back at King Lot, even though his men are a barrier to the northern Saxons. Some would rather attack those Saxons nearest to their homelands. This was a point that was echoed by our knights. Hervis de Revel, a young brash knight was trying to get together to raid the Saxons in Essex. This intrigued our knights who had the earls permission but in the end they decided to go home and defend Salisbury’s borders.

Spring court continued for a few more days before the knights than left for home.

The knights gave their forty days service this year to defend Salisbury and so they set on a progress around the eastern border of the county. Over the course of several days they could see figures on the horizon. Figures that left when they seemed to be watched. Sir Pelinore saw this and came up with a plan. With the aid of some peasants from small village he would set up a trap.

The plan was thus. Have a few peasants working in the fields and then wait in ambush on their chargers. When the Saxons came through they would charge.

The plan was executed perfectly. Five Saxons came into village, led by a chieftain carrying a great axe. The peasants fled as needed. The Saxons dismounted and headed into the centre and started ransacking the homes. Sir Pelinore got the squires to take the Saxons horses and when the Saxons came back out the homes they charged.

Sir Olwen thundered in and knocked one Saxon to the ground, wounding him. Sir Pelinore rode through his with ease and turned to face the chieftain. Sir Rhodri successfully dealt with another whilst Sir Caemes deftly slaughtered one and then charged towards the chieftain.

The big Saxon bellowed that he was Harold, son of Framric Offason and he would avenge his father. Sir Caemes didn’t appear to hear though as he speared into his side, shattering the wood. He rode clear and as Harold Framricson turned about he was met by the spear of Sir Pelinore. Bounced between both horses he fell. One seeing this the Saxon with Sir Rhodri surrenered but Sir Rhodri chopped down with his sword into his neck, killing him instantly.

Harold Framricson would have died had they not chosen to administer first aid. They kept him alive for the journey back. Sir Pelinore organised the heads to go on spikes outside the village as a warning and the knights rode back triumphantly to Sarum.

The Earl paid them a sum for the Saxon chieftain who would be cared for by the nuns at Amesbury Abbey and then ransomed back.

Christmas court later in the year was a quiet affair with talk turning mostly to Queen Morgawse and the rumour that she had spent the night with Arthur.

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