A messenger is sent by Ansgard to try and deceive William with a feigned submission. William, with gifts and promises won over the messenger, and in turn the chief men of London submitted to William’s leadership. Ansgard was the leading military commander of London at this time. He had been injured in the Battle of Hastings and it is well documented that he was conveyed about in a litter. Politically, Ansgard was quite a threat to William. William later had him imprisoned. Ansgard died in prison. These scenes take place at Berkhamsted. A Castle was started here in 1066 which became the property of Robert, Count of Mortain.