Brytenwalda Mod is a total modification for the Mount&Blade: Warband game by TaleWorlds Entertainment.
The Brytenwalda mod is where it all began. It was a non-commercial project that brought together a highly qualified team. The success of the mod was overwhelming, with more than a million and a half downloads and positive reviews across the Internet and paper press.
Developer: Brytenwalda Team
Release Date: September 28, 2012
Dark Ages in British Isles are fascinating, a dismal warlike time, in which people fight for survive. A dark age with deep blend of cultures.
6th and 7th centuries were a time when invaders (Saxons, Angles and Jutes) tried hard their destiny in a new world with the steel of their swords, shields and spears. Ancient people tried to resist, while they saw how their kingdoms are defeated and conquest by those “barbarians”, sorrowfully saw how his belowed world slowly disappeared off the face of the earth.
Couldn't forget to talk about the Picts also, who have always inspire great interest. Or about West, other island, as complex as Britain, Ireland in which many people were fighting for a piece land, their clans, livestock and supremacy.
In short, it is a world we know a little, but that it is like a magnet for history lovers: a time of war and great deeds, where few (almost none) kings died in his bed.
What mean Brytenwalda?
The central element in early Anglo-Saxon politics is the 'imperium' (empire) over all 'English' peoples south of the Humber which Bede ascribes in his Ecclesiastical History (ii 5) to seven kings before 671. To these seven, the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle of Alfred's time attaches not only an eighth name but also a vernacular word, 'Bretwalda', or 'Brytenwalda'
Brytenwalda = Bryten - Britain and walda - ruler.
Brytenwalda, almost certainly the right form. 'Bretwalda' may be a 'ghost' word, born of a scribal slip.
BRYTENWALDA: THE NOVELLA
Title: I fought in Haethfelth
It's theYear of our Lord 633.
Again the horns sound in the lands of old Britannia, calling men to war. The forces of the Northern Angles are preparing to face the Britons and their allies now, the Southern Angles.
A heath-covered moor is the chosen battlefield where the ambitions of three kings will collide. Many men of Deira and Bernaccia, Gwynedd and Mierce will spill their blood, mixing equally between brother and enemy. Some will live, to remember having fought in Haethfelth. The rest will be food for the crows and will not come to hear if the bards will sing their names or forget then.
There will be found Eappa, one more among those who have been obliged to exchange farm plow for the spear and pushed to fight in the army of their lord. In the tense wait in the shield wall, Eappa will confront his own despair. And, when the fight starts and shields clash, he will either find the courage to oppose fear, blood, and iron, or perish.
BRYTENWALDA: THE WARGAME
Brytenwalda is a ruleset which will allow you to recreate battles and raids during the so called British “Age of Arthur” and Saxon invasion. In Brytenwalda you'll impersonate a Chieftain during the Dark Ages, commanding his men in the defence of their homelands or looting and burning those belonging to your enemies.
Although the Dark Ages were an extremely violent era with a great number of battles and raids, but only a few were detailed in the chronicles, such as decisive pitch battles or those in which an important person died. Brytenwalda is focused on these kinds of battles which the modern wargamer would call a “skirmish”. While you wont be able to re-enact the Battle of Hastings in Brytenwalda, you'll have plenty of fun leading a band of Scot-Irish pirates, a group of raiding Saxons or a unit of Romano-British pedites patrolling the frontier.