Augustus and the Principate: the Evolution of the System by Lacey, Walter Kirkpatrick
By Lacey, Walter Kirkpatrick
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They supported Edgar’s claim to the throne of England, yet Margaret did not entirely trust their influence over her brother, who was too young to lead the rebellion these lords favored. She felt wary on his behalf. But she smiled as she sat beside Edgar, who drew his leather covering over her head and shoulders. She huddled close, her braids pooling like damp golden ropes in her lap. ” she asked. “Aye. The oarsmen are heading for it,” Edgar replied. ” She breathed out in relief. “We are still in danger of sinking,” Morcar said bluntly.
Scotland. Margaret sank back as the cart bumped along. While Cristina murmured with Kata, Margaret crossed herself and whispered a prayer for the safety of their journey, and their lives. But her thoughts were elsewhere. Now she began to deduce Edgar’s plan, and it gave her chills. The Saxons would need help to defend against the Normans, and the strongest and most immediate aid existed in Scotland. Despite the pummelings that Malcolm of Scotland, known for his brutish ways, had given Northumbria over the years, he would not want Normans near his own borders.
Their saviors were local Scots, Margaret learned, who spoke the native tongue, a lilting language that Cospatric alone understood. “These are Fife men, loyal to Malcolm,” he explained, seated in one of the boats with Margaret and several others. “They say their village is not far from one of Malcolm’s royal palaces. They will send word to the king’s men and we will shelter with the fishing families tonight. ” Shivering in her wet things, Margaret was so grateful to be heading toward blessed land that she almost did not care where it was.