Now that Lent's over I've begun a new playthrough. Purchased M&M, definitely a good DLC, highly recommended regardless of your play style.
For this playthrough I'm attempting to recreate the Norman invasion. Start date 867. Began in Jutland, formed Denmark, have conquered two counties in Brittany, adopted feudalism, and raided tons and tons around Sicily (Muslims and Byzantines mainly). Still on my first character, year is 900. Am preparing to invade northern France now (Bayeux, Rouen, etc.). Hoping to have Normandie proper by 950 (stabilized) or so.