Karl III of Westrijk
|Karl III dä Westrijk|
|King of Westrijk|
|Predecessor||Iacobus VII of Westrijk|
|Great Duke of Welstand-Westrijk|
|Successor||Joseph V of Welstand-Westrijk|
|Born||October 10 1352|
|Died||April 9 1423|
Karl Iacobus dä Ordt Bodonberg Bolften (Karl III dä Westrijk) (10 Ocotber 1352 - 9 April 1423) was the last King of Westrisjk and the first Welstand-Westrijk Grossduk. Karl III is seen as the unificator of Welstand-Westrijk conforming nowadays borders under Vinnmark domain.
Karl III was born in Bodonberg Eslos, placed in Göra, Westrijk in 1352. Son of King Iacobus VII and Maria Merkzen Bolften, daughter of Hijklönd Barik. During his childhood he was fascinated by the epic legends, showing not very much interest in wars and politics. His brother Lud Grog dä Ordt Bodonberg, was soon entered in Sainkt Michail Monastery in Birtz, pandering his father's desires, in order to form a strong link between the Kingdom and the church. Historians as Traben Unam, let us know in his work of 1497 "The blood of Welcadia" that Karl III was more interested in entering the monastery than his brother was, as the second son.
He was educated to rule Westrijk, and when his father Iacobus VII died in 1374, he was crowned in the same place he married Enrikette two years before. The same year, Enrikette gave birth to the first and only son, Joseph Grint dä Ordt Bodonberg Hijklönd, inheritor of Westrijk crown.
In order to maintain his interest in culture, he founded Göra University, building a huge building close to Bodonberg Hill. The building was bigger than the palace itself, and he spent more time there, surrounded by clerics and erudites. Over time, Karl replaced most of the members of Göra's court, nobles and influent people, generating enmities.
Edvard dä Grijten, Barik of Vladen, was the main oppositor to the court's dismissal. In his case, he was dismissed from his position Barik, delivered to Nom Wajeste, abbot of Sainkte Maria dä Älm, in Vladen. However, he maintain the military forces with whom he swore allegiance to Federich the Great of Vinnmark, interested in expand his domains.
In 1380, Karl III sings the Treaty of Valdeluk, in which he arranged the betrothal between his older daughter Klara and Edgar of Wesmandy, brother of King Richard II of Wesmandy, but the wedding is delayed until she is 16. The treaty is intended to create an alliance against Vinnish aggression. In 1383 Klara travels to Wesmandy and marries Edgar in 1388.
With the "Blood Shell Letter", sent to King Federich by Edvard dä Grijten, Westrijk was sold to Vinnmark. Edvard gave Federich the opportunity to enter in Westrijk through Vladen, in order to arrive to Göra and make him King. Federich the Great arrive to Göra in 1384, triggering the Sieg of Göra, which lasted for three months. Karl didn't have enough support to resist and surrenders.
Edvard dä Grijten is killed by Federich himself when he ask for his reward. Traben Unam explains in "The blood of Welcadia" that Federich killed him after saying "You sold a crown that is not yours, Vinnmark does not pay traitors" Federich let Karl go for an exile in Bolf, Welstand and turns Westrijk in a Vinnmark's land.
In order to get Westrijk back, Karl found the Hetzer League, which unify most of Welstand territory. The Welstand lords, frightened for being the next Vinnmark conquest, and thankful to Karl and Red Shell Army protection for years, achive the formation of an army wich resist the Vinnish advance for years.
In 1400, her daughter Klara, Queen of Wesmandy, and her both children died, leaving Wesmandy without an heir, triggering the Fifty Years' War. The idea of a help from the north was impossible at this point.
The reconquest war last for years till 1414. During this period, Karl cross Abdan river and recovers Gasten and other lands in the area. In 1414, Anders The Powerful is continuing his rebellion in Lake Laika area against King Federich, whose power had been damaged. Karl sees the opportunity to catch Federich's army in Kulielka. Surrounded by both armies, Federich's forces are crushed. After the Battle of Kulielka Karl recovers all Westrijk territory and its named Welstand-Westrijk Great Duke by Anders by the Peace of Kulielka. Welstand-Westrijk, unified for the first time, starts being part of New Vinnmark Kingdom till Welstand-Westrijk independence in 1834.
Karl dies in 1423 in Sainkte Marie Karm Monastery in Forgen.
|Iacobus VII|| King of Westrijk
|None|| Great Duke of Welstand-Westrijk