I am busy with Christmas, so I thought I’d post the rest of my walkthrough for Crusader Kings 2. I ran a game in which I played as the last descendant of Charlemagne and attempted to restore his empire. It proved difficult, but in this post I achieve it, kind of.
Last time, Denise–one of the most effective leaders to come out of the Karling line–died after joining the Holy Roman Empire. She passed down the French crown, and a wealthy realm, to her dissolute son Jaspert. Jaspert had ruled Flanders and Franconia beginning as a young man (when his father, Denise’s husband, died). He was a capable ruler, but had several…moral failings.
After his mother’s death, he finally reunited the Karling lands (separated since the time of Clotaire in in the 11th century). He proceeded to seize the remaining de jure lands of France, now held by various independent Counts and Dukes after the dissolution of France/Aquitaine/Brittany. He thus greatly expanded his realm, but also had a series of affairs and became a drunkard. Eventually, he developed Great Pox (syphilis), and went insane, thinking he heard Jesus talking to him. In his middle age he was assassinated, probably by his wife.
Jaspert had many daughters, but no legitimate sons. The oldest daughter with a male son would win the succession contest (it was a little complicated). Jockeying for position began well before Jaspert’s death, and two his daughters died at the result of shadowy plots. The crown passed to a younger daugther, Mathilda (who had a male son, Geraud) on Jaspert’s death. Unfortunately, Mathilda was assassinated soon after taking the throne, and Geraud became King.
Geraud was sickly and weak, but was a brilliant administrator who was married to the Emperor’s daughter. Soon after he came to power, his uncle–one of Jaspert’s illegitimate sons–rose up in rebellion. Despite his infirmities, Geraud rode to battle against his treacherous kin and…was hit in the head. He died shortly thereafter.
The crown then passed to his three year old daughter, Denise II. Her brother was born shortly after she became Queen (her mother was pregnant when Geraud died), complicating the succession a bit. But all of the French vassals supported her, and she grew up in a peaceful and stable realm. [this seemed a little too easy, but whatever]
Upon adulthood, she consolidated her lands and developed France, turning it into the wealthiest part of the Empire. Her first son died young, so she took up a lover, causing considerable tensions with her husband.
As she got older, Denise II realized that the King of Lotharingia was part of a minor branch of the Karling family (the family tree got complicated). Her kinsman also had a claim to the Empire through some marriage ties. She decided to finally fulfill her ancestor Clotaire’s wishs (even if it did not benefit her directly). She launched a rebellion to make the King of Lotharingia the Holy Roman Empire. She succeeeded, and at long last, a Karling was once again Emperor.
[And that’s where I stopped. There was more to do in the game, but I had basically achieved my goal. Hope you found this saga enjoyable.]
UPDATED TO CORRECT TYPOS