Ulrik Grimwolf de Montazure
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Ulrik Grimwolf de Montazure's History
Ulrik Grimwolf de Montazure I was born in the year 1062, to Nials Olafsson a Danish warrior who against his father`s orders travelled to Normandy to serve Duke William. Niales served in a small keep on top of a rise that dominated the local area, Due to its construction of local blue slate the keep was called by the locals Montazure (Blue Mountain). My mother was a French Merchants daughter, I never learned her name or anything about her family. I was named at birth Dominik de Montazure, my father did not approve of my name, but he figured that the name would change when I become of age. Unfortunately, my father died in 1066 after following Duke William to England. I was take by family retainers to the Scanian lands in southern Denmark to live with my grandfather, who held land in serve to the house of Stenkil. He named me Ulrik, (the closest his Danish could get to Dominik). I grew up as a youth in a well to-do household. In 1082, I traveled with a bunch of my Danish Cousins in service to Uncle Samur, a well known warrior leader and trader. We traveled the well known trade route to Miklagard. From Grandfathers steading in Scania, travelled by Knorr to Uppsala to take on load of soapstone, jet, amber, furs and slaves. In Gotland, I met Meghan, the daughter of an Irish Merchant, after meeting only twice we were married. We crossed the Baltic Sea and entered the Gulf of Finland, we followed the Neva River into Lake Ladoga. We then followed the Volkhov River, upstream past the towns of Staraya Ladoga and Velikiy Novgorod, crossed Lake Ilmen, and sailed up the Lovat River. From there the ships had to be portaged to the Dnieper River near Gnezdovo Along the Dnieper, we had to portage the ships round seven rapids, where we had to be on guard for Pecheneg nomads. Upon entering the Black Sea we followed its west coast on to Miklagard(Constantinople). I spent 8 years in the east in military service. While serving in the east I was given the nickname of Grimulf (danish for masked wolf), on returning to the West, I anglicized the nickname to Grimwolf. I returned to the West in 1091, bring my wife and children with me, a no mean accomplishment in itself. On returning to the West, I took service in the household of an Norman Knight, as squire.