In the year of our Lord 1180.
To his most gracious Majesty, King John the Younger, from your loyal servant, Sir Eothain of Latimore.
My Lord, our excursion to Evermore Isle was a smashing success, and I bask in the glow of your most generous praise of our efforts there. The goods from the Isle will prove to be a great asset to the Crown under your wise stewardship, your Highness. I hope that Kensington will prove to be just as beneficial to our noble cause .
I must confess, your Majesty, I have a feeling of great trepidition towards this place. While the castle is sturdy and of good make, and the fens and woodlands to the south will provide for the shipments you have requested amply, I still have cause for concern. The wolves of the forest are of an aggressive nature, but my true concern is the large bands of raiders that the local villagers have reported to me. This is a most lawless place, my king, and my numbers are few. The local village chief was quite unnerved to find that I had brought only a small band of soldiers with me to the castle.
With your permission, your Majesty, I will need to train and recruit the locals into a proper force for this place to succeed until the militias and the local Lord can take over in my absence. While this will make my task here more difficult given your timeline for the shipments you have requested, I assure you I and my men are up to the challenge.
I might also add, your Highness, that the people of Kensington are a rather dour lot, and have had many troubles during this transition to peace. I have instructed my cropmaster to begin the production of hops, so that we may have ale to lift the spirits of these beleagured folk. I would also like to request that perhaps you could send some minstrels from the Royal Fair here, or one of the jesters from your court, when I have secured the area. The populace would do well with a spot of entertainment to lighten thier hearts, and such actions will further boost the morale of the men in my command, as well.
In closing, I would like to send my well wishes to the Lady Gwyneth, your bride to be, and to say that she will make a wonderful Queen to the people. As always, your Majesty, I wish you well and may our blessed Lord guide you well in these important days ahead for the future of our land.
Your servant, Sir Eothain of Latimore.
This is Part II in the "Reconstruction" series.
Part I: Evermore Isle