The Prologue of the Battle of
Hastings begins once again with
Kilsa the Off-Key. The
Clan MacThoy ran into King Harold shortly after the Battle of
Stanford Bridge. Word had reached the King about Kilsa's
contact with the Vikings
and was delighted to finally meet the young lady. To show
his appreciation, Harold told the MacThoy to come to York as soon as
they had finished their kegs and he would see them properly fêted champêtre.
One can imagine the
king's surprise when his army arrived in York to find the MacThoy
camped on the outskirts of the city waiting for their dinner.
True to his word the
King ordered a lavish dinner prepared. He promised Kilsa to
join her family as soon as he had concluded a meeting with William
the Bastard who was intent on invading.
Several hours into the
conference a ballyhoo went up and the king's army came to join the
MacThoys at their dinner. The two men had worked out an
agreement. There would be peace. A serious debauch
began to proceed.
Kilsa headed over the
the King's tent and called for his majesty, with all due respect
to get his royal out there. The king said he would, calling
her by name. It was then that a tumult broke out within the
Battle of Hastings Continues. . .