Current game, starting as the count of Sens. Spoiler : Started in Sens (Green) and managed to gain control of the duchy of Champagne (Orange). After that became the duke of Burgundy after marrying the duchess (red). Finally, I fabricated a claim on the Kingdom of France, and the king surrendered the title. At that point I fought off the inevitable civil war, and replaced most of the Occitan lords with Frankish ones. Many of the counts in Toulouse are still Occitan though. Until I took over, France had been in constant civil war, not going more than four or five years without a civil war, and typically having one after another. Blue outline is the border of France when I took over. Conquered Anjou and Brittany, and started working on taking Normandy. I managed to get the Pope to sanction an invasion of the Holy Roman Empire who were incredibly weak, with crown authority at minimal and practically no levies to draw upon.