The Papers of King Alfonso

A Medieval II After Action Report

by Norse Thing


I have finally finished the early learning curve for Windows 10. I am now on Steam with Medieval II and with the “Lands to Conquer” modification. So let"s get started on a new adventure since all of the old saved game files are now gone forever.

This After Action Report (AAR) is based on play with Medieval II using the “Lands to Conquer” modification. I like to use the hard levels for both settings rather than the extremes of “Easy” and “Very Hard”. The base of the modification is still in the many modifications that have followed long after “Lands to Conquer”. I thought it a good means to get my feet wet again with a Total War AAR. The game was begun in the early period with the Spanish Kingdom of Spain. For members not familiar with the modification, Lusted made Navarre a rebel faction held province rather than the Portuguese controlled province of Pamplona in the basic game. There is also the beginnings of the Angevin Empire with the English faction controlling all but French town of Rennes in Brittany west of Paris rather than most of the French areas beyond Paris in a state of rebellion.


In the early 19th Century, Europe was in turmoil with Republican France continuing in war with the older established monarchical regimes of Europe. Napoleon wanted to close the seaborne continental trade to the opposing kingdoms, mainly the stubborn English. The Spanish peninsula posed a special problem with the Kingdom of Portugal in alliance with the English. This meant that once again the French army had to be thrown into the fray. An uprising of the local population against the new French oppressors was inevitable as was shown in the immortal painting by Goya, “The Firing Party”. But all was not about war in the 19th century. Along with the army, there were the teams of archaeologists scouring the countryside. Among their finds were the lost parchment papers of King Alfonso found in Valencia. The best of the French archaeologists theorized the "papers" were written by a contemporary Moorish scholar on European made parchment, but the parchment could have been brought up north from Africa as well. There was simply little demand for writing materials other than for the customary religious texts.

Could Napoleon learn something from these papers written over seven centuries earlier about the struggles to unify the peninsula into a kingdom where King Alfonso and his descendants could claim to rule all of the Spanish?

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