"Horses ramp high and rock and boil / And break their golden reins,
And slide on carnage clamorously, / Down where the bitter blood doth lie,
Where Ogier went on foot to die, / In the old way of the Danes.
"The high tide!" King Alfred cried. / "The high tide and the turn!
As a tide turns on the tall grey seas, / See how they waver in the trees,
How stray their spears, how knock their knees, / How wild their watchfires burn!"
G. K. Chesterton – The Ballad of the White Horse
A new instalment for Field of Glory II is coming and it is “darker” than ever. Wolves at the Gate depicts the epic struggles that newly forged European kingdoms had to face for their survival during the “Dark Ages”, a long period of recurrent conflicts that eventually gave birth to Europe.
This age was marked by the volcanic expansion of the Umayyad Caliphate and its fights against the Byzantine Empire, the last bastion against the Islamic advance in the middle-east. In Europe, Charlemagne, King of the Franks, and then crowned Emperor of the Romans, built the foundations of the Carolingian Renaissance and the beginning of the Translatio Imperii in the West.
But no-one was prepared for the endless waves of ruthless and merciless raiders and warriors that from the end of the eight century onward ravaged almost the totality of the Continent and the Mediterranean. Christendom’s towns and holy places were in constant danger from the depredations of the Vikings and Magyars, as well as the on-going Saracen threat. The Vikings were to carve out colonies in Ireland, the Danelaw in England, Normandy in France and the Kievan Rus in Russia. The Magyars were eventually to cease their raids and become the Christian kingdom of Hungary.
The Wolves have arrived. Is this end of Christianity, or is it just the birth pangs of a new world order?
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