King Daddy just wants to fuck his daughter-in-law without his son getting pissy. Pretty sure the whole kingdom can see it. Sly motherfucking XD
I get that part but why is he sending Athelstan’s precious spawn on a dangerous journey? Does he hope Alfred will become super pious and thus more athestany if he exposes him to enough church stuff?
I suppose clergy were the most educated people around then, inparticular monks and nuns whose jobs were to copy ancient greek and roman texts which Ecbert is quite keen on.