The Saxon Times
1066: AUGUST NORWEGIAN NEWS
Tostig has finally found someone that will listen to him, listen to whatever tales he can tell and what tales they are.
He has convinced Harald Hardrada of Norway that England is ripe for the picking. Harold is down on the South Coast waiting for an expected invasion by Duke William of Normandy and the north lies unprotected.
“By the time that William invades England we shall control Northumbria and Mercia, re-taking the old Viking north” he whispers in Hardrada’s ear.
“Imagine, your Norse warriors striking fear into the North-East again, just like the old days. We can sail down the coast, sacking, looting and pillaging and be in York inside three weeks. Such riches, such wealth, such land and all yours for the taking.
You will become ‘the chosen one’ sweeping all before you.
There will be renewed pride in your fierce history. It will be the year to end all years, the war to end all wars.
We could crown you King by the end of the year.”
It is Tostig’s treachery and promises of easy pickings that persuades King Harald III Hardrada of Norway to invade England.
One thing Tostig does well, the only thing Tostig does well, is to flatter and massage an ego.
His pitch is now to throw himself behind Hardrada’s claim to the throne just to spite his brother Harold.
If Tostig cannot have the throne he will try to stop Harold Godwinson’s reign at any cost but be warned, if things do not go well for Hardrada, Tostig and Copsig will switch sides at the drop of a hat.
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