1066 Sons of Pons: In the Wake of the Conqueror
Michael A. Ponzio
1066 AD, Aquitaine, France: Lord Pons rules his barony. Duke William of Normandy plans to invade England to seize his claim to the crown. He calls for knights from across Europe to join his crusade, and Lord Pons’s four sons join Duke William’s invasion to fight in the Battle of Hastings. They are the Sons of Pons.
Eleventh century France is a patchwork of independent domains. In the north, William the Duke of Normandy rivals the King of France. In the south, the Count of Toulouse governs the region. In the Duchy of Aquitaine, Lord Pons rules his barony.
It is the height of Norman expansion. These former pagan Vikings, now Christian and French-speaking have carved out kingdoms in Sicily and turn their conquering spirit toward England. Duke William plans to invade and seize his claim to the crown. With the Pope’s blessing, he calls for knights from across Europe to join his crusade.
Lord Pons bestows the leadership of his barony to the eldest of his five sons. His four younger sons must find their own fortune and they join Duke William’s invasion to fight in the Battle of Hastings. The brothers’ surname, FitzPons, is a patronym. They are the Sons of Pons.