Alright, so I sort of went down the rabbit hole trying to sort out a couple of inconsistencies in Elder Scrolls lore and I arrived at the story of King Edward.http://en.uesp.net/wiki/Lore:King_Edward
King Edward is a series of books first encountered in Elder Scrolls: Daggerfall. There are 12 chapters in the series and the story involves references to a number of known characters and places in Elder Scrolls lore. What I'm trying to determine is if King Edward is supposed to be a true story, or if it's more of a fable.
While the character of Moraelyn, who plays a significant role in the story of Kind Edward, and his family and clan are well established prominent figures in Dunmer; King Edward himself doesn't show up on any lists of Kings I can find anywhere. Neither does his father King Corcyr I of Daggerfall or his mother, Aliera of Wayrest. Furthermore, in trying to date the supposed time period of the story we're only given a few point of reference; "before the Reguards came and the glorious Septim Empire was formed," but after the goblins drove the Dwemer from Hammerfell.
This gives us a rough timeframe of somewhere between 1E 700, when the Dwemer disappeared from Hammerfell (though at no fault of any goblin) and either:
1E 808 - when the Redguards conquered Hammerfell or
2E 566 - when the Greater Daggerfall covenant is born from the joining of Highrock and Hammerfell by the marriage of Emeric to Maraya. From a native Daggerfall perspective this might be perceived as the Redguards "arriving."
So, that first timeframe 1E 700 - 1E 808, is 108 years.
The second is a window of about 2,700 years.
Either way, knowing what we know about Moraelyn, this would make him at least 300 years old at the beginning of the story.
Disregarding Dragon breaks and knowing that the book references the Septim Empire, we can deduce that it was written after 2E 854 but no later than 3E 405 (the events of ESII). So, I'm leaning toward the story of Edward being a work of fiction with a more moralistic purpose (since many of the stories include lessons and philosophy, not to mention unicorns and riding around on Akatosh's back), than an actual source of Tamrielic history.
Was curious if this is the correct assessment, or if any of you other lore nerds can point me to something more concrete.
If it -is- history, perhps someone can help me place Edward and his family into the timeline.
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