jarl the climber Posted April 18, 2015 Share Posted April 18, 2015 I think Ecbert saved Judith because (A) she's a neighboring king's daughter; Aella might not appreciate having his daughter's nose lopped off (one ear is less horrible); ( B) she named Athelstan as the father of her baby; Ecbert was fascinated by Athelstan and keeping Judith around and changing a torrid affair into some mystical holy conception will help protect Athelstan's child and keep him in Ecbert's family rather than sent to a monastery for raising. I would assume that everyone in the royal court of Wessex with the possible exception of Aethelwulf realizes that there was nothing holy or mystical about baby Alfred's conception but are just going along with What The King Said in order not to alienate either the King or Aella... He also knocked off a lot of his more uppity Lords in the last episode so I think everyone got the message. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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