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Post by Grand Auvergne on Sat Sep 30, 2017 11:02 pm

"We know of the exploits of King Zvonimir and of his blood. An alliance between such a great dynasty and our own would be a blessing upon all of Christiandom.

However, we had already noticed about Princess Gisela lack of... interest in your enterprise. We fear that an union between her and our son will give no good fruit, if at all.

Marriages are not a minor concern. In the time of the great kings of the Holy Bible, a lord could marry the daugther of all of his vassals and allies. It didn't matter if these were fruitfull unions, it was all but politic. But today, a thousand years after the birth of Our Savior, He now frown upon such practices. Now, when a man and a woman are together before the altar, it is to become one in the eyes of Our Lord. Their hearts and their minds must be ready for such an act. If they are, then God's blessing is upon them. If they're not...

...Our Lord know our hearts. He doesn't take kindly people coming before Him to pronounce false vows and lies. Yes such an alliance will end poorly, for He will make sure nothing the liers wanted to achieve happens, and all that they feared become reals.

No we cannot allow such a parody of marriage. This is why they must both meet in person and spend some times together before we can give our final judgment. If it can happen, then it will. If not, there are other ways to conclude an alliance."
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Post by Varasd on Sun Nov 05, 2017 10:49 pm

Chancellor Zrinski listened carefully and nodded and nodded over and over again to what he heard.

"Indeed, I must agree with You. However, I am not here to force the Princess on the orders of her father, but to ask your help to convince her. Of course she will not find the suitor of her desires if she spends all her days in Varazdin Castle, surrounded by knights and nobles who want nothing but prestige and power through her."

Chancellor Zrinski paused for a moment, maybe just for the dramatic effect, maybe because it was one of those rare moments when he needed some seconds to carefully select his next words.

"And so, from this grew suspicion in her towards all her suitors, even for those with a pure heart. But if she could spend time in a foreign court, her temperament and thick-headedness would surely fade as she wouldn't be so suspicious with everyone.

However, I see that King Zvonimir, You, and I are all on the same opinion about marriage. We could discuss the terms of the alliance, if You do not mind, and leave the subject of marriage to a later date."
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Post by Grand Auvergne on Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:50 pm

"Wewill have all our time to discuss this on our way to Clermont, with our lawyers and jurists. But vows of friendships between our people is always a possibility. Depending on which matters your master might need our help or support one day, of course."

Berenger and Zrinski walked around in the garden for a while, before the king declared it was time to return to their beds and take the road tomorrow morning.

Once the sun was high enough, the Auvergnat and Varasdian escorts left the city of Arles by the western bridge, crossing the Rhone and then taking the road north-west to the mountains. On their ways, they went through the Garrigues, still called "Jaries", mazes of vegetations and forests of oak trees adapted to the mediterranean climate of the southern Gauls, where settlements of farmers raised their cattles of sheeps or goats, or tried to exploit their bit of land to grow olives or raisins, bouscatiers transformed the wood into charcoal, ruscaïres harvested the lavenders, and so on.

The land was mostly flat if with some hills and rivers flowing deep inside their crevasses. But soon, the ground started to raise up, higher and higher, until it became vast mountains covered in chestnuts trees. The Cévennes. The human settlements became much more sparse and adapted to the altitude, with terraces for grapevines, olive, chestnuts, and mulberries trees.

When the two escorts, now the size of a small armies, had to stop, it was inside valleys, establishing a camp, and buying some foods from the locals if the settlements were close enough, so to save their provisions.

Deep inside these mountains, Berenger announced that they were in the Velay, and so in his lands. The lack of population, only a few castles or monasteries with some houses around them, was evident but the whole mountain range served as a natural border for the more rich regions of the Duchy of Auvergne. Regions that, after another day of travel, they finally reached.

The Limagne plain, longer than large, followed the Alliers river. Numerous farms produced many crops, and sheeps, pigs and cows were raised. The forests, still numerous, were exploited for their wood and in the distance, some mountains could be seen with mines and quarries on their flanks. They first stoped in Brioude, the capital of the southern parts of the region. After what, and another day of travel, they finally reached Clermont, at the feet of the Puy de Dome mountain.

There the city, and Prince Robert, awaited them.
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