Battle of Hastings - Truth or Bollocks?  

DustyWidget 59M
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6/12/2006 6:20 am

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Battle of Hastings - Truth or Bollocks?

To the victor the spoils and guess who writes the story?

Within the account of the Battle of Hastings which took place at Battle on 14 October 1066 there are some features that warrant further thought.

Around midday the Normans 'fired high' with awful effect on the Saxons and it is universally agreed that Harold received a wound in the face.

A charge of Norman cavalry reached the Saxon standard and took it and it is said these cavalrymen killed Harold.

At that point the Saxons lost heart and threw down their weapons. Or they should have done but the battle carried on past sunset when the Normans won the field and the Saxons took flight.

Two monks from the church at Waltham, which had been founded by the Saxon kings, came to the Conqueror and offered him 10 gold marks for permission to pay their last duties to their dead benefactor but in the event found it impossible to find Harold's identifiable body amongst the slain.

With me so far?

Taken from History of the Anglo-Saxons Palgrave gave this version:

Years afterwards when the Norman yoke pressed heavily upon the English, and the Battle of Hastings had become a tale of sorrow which old men related by the light of the embers, until warned to silence by the sullen tolling of the curfew. There was a decrepit anchorite who inhabited a cell near the Abbey of St John in Chester.

This recluse, deeply scarred and blinded in the right eye, lived in strict penance and seclusion. Henry I once visited the hermit and had a long private discourse with him, on his deathbed he declared to the attendant monks that he was indeed Harold. He had been secretly conveyed from the battle to Dover Castle. He had continued concealed until he died.


So there we have it - Which is truth and which is bollocks? Doesn't matter the Normans wrote the history.

Stolen outrageously from The Death of Kings Clifford Brewer


catseyes23 61F

6/12/2006 12:12 pm

I guess that we could all look it up in the history books, Dusty. But really, who the hell cares?

Cats


TheCliticals 34F/F

6/12/2006 4:55 pm

And do you have an aged edition of Heraward The Wake hidden away where the authorities can never find it?

Sandy


real36CgirlPA 37F

6/12/2006 5:08 pm

We'll never know unless somebody invents a time machine. I got confused watching documentaries on Egyptian pharoahs and queens last week. It was the same sort of deal, but they keep revising as they find hidden tombs and stuff so it's hard to figure out. There seems to be a lot of disagreement over King Tut's mom (mummy..harhar) and whether they've found her tomb yet or not.


micahbiguns 50M

6/13/2006 1:17 pm

Wow I wish we could know the truth of it all


Lioness_girl 45F
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6/15/2006 3:19 pm

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Lioness_girl 45F
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6/15/2006 4:52 pm

    Quoting Lioness_girl:
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    I tried a few times...no luck. How about you tell me what that last part is after the @?

    I sure as hell hope that no one but you can figure out what I mean!
hmmm my posting got edited crap

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