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OTD 14th October 1066: the Battle of Hastings
« on: October 17, 2020, 11:49:29 AM »
Exciting news for our Facebook page this week is that we have passed the 11,000 followers mark! According to this discerning global audience here is the most popular post from the past week, perhaps unsurprisingly commemorating that battle on 14th October 1066:

“14th October 1066: we arrive at the Battle of Hastings.
King Harold Godwinson met William of Normandy at Senlac Hill. He had marched his depleted army south from Stamford Bridge and spent a week in London before moving to camp near William's forces on 13th October.
With fewer numbers, the English shield wall held for much of the day but broke at last when the king was killed, his house-carls fighting to their last breath. The battle went to the invaders from Normandy.
Many pages have been written about the battle, whether Harold was overly rash or excitingly bold; whether Edwin and Morcar were treacherous or too weak to fight after the battles of Fulford and Stamford Bridge; whether William was lucky or inspired. There are plenty of sources too for the military details. Final figures are unknown but thousands died.
The Anglo-Saxons did not magically vanish that day; they are still here now. But a way of life and culture was irrevocably changed.
Every year the English Companions place a wreath in memory of all who died, English and Norman, soldier and civilian. We honour the memory of them all.
The Anglo-Norman writer William of Malmesbury summarises the English warriors thus:
“they were few in number and brave in the extreme; and sacrificing every regard to their bodies, poured forth their spirit for their country.””

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