ELECTING A KING

I have developed a fascination for Anglo-Saxon politics especially when it comes to the monarchy. Unlike most monarchies, the throne is not given through inheritance but rewarded through elections. A collection of ealdorman, or Anglo-Saxon nobles, would gather and elect one of their own as king. This practice has been in place until William the Conqueror overthrew the Anglo-Saxon hold on the throne of England in 1066. In my third fantasy book, two kingdoms will lose their royal families. As a result, all the barons and landed knights of each kingdom will hold elections to decide which noble house will be their new rulers. However, despite the elections, claimants from the neighboring kingdoms will try to seize the opportunity given by these two empty thrones. This will be one of the sparks that start another civil war across the Gradaian Empire.

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