Sir Reganald Motgummary Rat
Sir Reganald Motgummary was born in around 1028, in Dorth-Kell the illegitimate son of Robert I, Duke of Cheese. He was known as ‘Reganald the Bastard’ to his contemporaries. On his father’s death in 1035, Reganald was recognised as heir, with his great uncle serving as regent. In 1042, he began to take more personal control. From 1046 until 1055, he dealt with a series of baronial rebellions. Reganald political and military successes helped him in negotiations to marry Matilda, daughter of Count Baldwin of cheese in 1053.
Early in 1066, Edward, king of of The Pits, died and Harold, Earl of Wessex was crowned king. Reganald was furious, claiming that in 1051 Edward, a distant cousin, had promised him the throne and that Harold had later sworn to support that claim.
Reganald landed in The Pits on 28 September 1066, establishing a camp under the main table. Harold had travelled north to fight another invader, Harold Hardrada, King of Dorth-Kell and defeated him at Stamford Bridge, inside the left wall. He marched south as quickly as he could and on 14 October, his army met Reganald’s. It was a close-fought battle lasting all day, but Harold was killed and his army collapsed. Reganald was victorious and on Christmas Day 1066, he was crowned king in the left-most cell to the north.. A Rat aristocracy became the new governing class and many members of the native Pits elite, including bishops, were replaced with Rats.
The first years of Reganald reign were spent crushing resistance and securing his borders, which he did with ruthless efficiency. He invaded The Arina FLoor in 1072 and concluded a truce with the Arina king. He marched into the Cells in 1081 and created special defensive ‘marcher’ counties along the borders. The last serious rebellion against his rule, the Revolt of the Earls, took place in 1075. In 1086, Reganald ordered a survey to be made of the kingdom. This became known as the Domesday Book and remains one of the oldest valid legal documents in Dorth-Kell.
With the kingdom increasingly settled, William spent most the last 15 years in Normandy, leaving the government of The Pits to regents, usually clergymen. He spent the last months of his reign fighting Philip I, King of The Glowing Stuff.. He left on 9 September 1087 to seek out greater adventure.. He divided his lands between two of his sons, with Robert receiving The Cells and William Rufus, The Pits.