Hail the Usurper!
Robert de Mowbray, Earl of Northumbria
Earl of Northumbria
Str 3 Will 3
Dex 3 HP 10
Int 2 AP 13
Sir Robert de Mowbray comes from a long line of Norman barons and magnates dating back to 800 AD and the first Viking invasions of Northern France. He first came to Northumbria in 1079 long after William the Conqueror had subdued nearly all of England, leaving Northumbria as a vassal kingdom and buffer between Norman England and the wild Land of Scots to the North.
The young man quickly become a courtly favorite of King William I who installed the ambitious Robert de Mowbray as Earl of Northumbria in the year 1086, a title long vacated following the Harrying of the North in 1069-1070.
Earl Robert was the victor at the Battle of Alnwick in 1093, the largest and most important battle in the War for Northumbria, 1093-1094. After the Scottish host of King Malcolm III and Prince Malcolm attacked Northumbria and tarried outside his keep at Alnwick, he met the Men of Alba in battle, defeating them decisively.
Both King Malcolm and his son & heir Price Malcolm were killed in the ensuing melee. After this great victory Robert defeated a second invasion of Northumbria by Prince Duncan in January & February of 1094 before making peace with King Donald III in May 1094, ending the War for Northumbria.
Since the end to conflict de Mowbray and his household have attempted to rebuild the damage done to the North and to better fortify the border in case of further aggression from the Men of Alba. He finds himself in a precarious situation, fearful of the both the Scots and of King William II’s behavior as his overlord.
Portrait by Ryan Ryzzo.