I feel like I'm winning my battles but losing the war.
In 1081 the Normans under Robert Guiscard possessed themselves of Durazzo; Guiscard's son Bohemund defeated the Greeks in several battles and again (i 107) laid siege to Durazzo, which had been surrendered to them by treachery; failing to take the city, he retired to Italy in 1109.
If he had lived I should have made him fight his battles over again.
You win your battles or they destroy you!
The battles were silent, the swords clashing without the clang of steel she expected to hear.