Thanks for finding time to comment Cromwell.
The 30th Jan, and this event,is not an anniversary I forget: it is Al’s father’s birthday. He has always enjoyed its place as he is anti-monarchist and anti privilege, despite his (state funded) public and Oxford education. It is funny as his wife’s parents worked in the colonies after the war, so politically they do not see eye to eye!
A Bastard takes England for himself today in 1066
Today, the 14th October, in 1066 the battle of Hastings was fought in southern England. The victor was the Norman Duke William, who had landed at Pevensey on the 28th September. The new King of England, Harold II, had recently beaten the Norwegian King Harald Hardrada at Stamford Bridge, near York, in the North.
Harold had chosen the site as it blocked the road to London. He probably had 8000 men, very few of whom were archers. His best men were in the front line, with the unarmoured Sussex Militia behind them. He had no cavalry and he awaited William’s attack atop a ridge.
William, who had 7500 men, opened the battle with his archers, but the slope and Saxon shields meant they were ineffectual in softening up Harold’s front line. Next he sent in his Infantry, who were met with all manner of missiles from Harold’s men. William’s men could not break into the Saxon line and soon his left flank force, Bretons for the most part, started to run. His centre, which was made up of Normans, had to withdraw slightly to compensate. His right were Franco Flemish troops. A part of Harold’s force followed the Bretons down the hill and were dispatched by fast moving Norman cavalry. Despite this reverse, Harold still looked strong.
William sent in his numerous cavalry more than once, but they too found it impossible to make a break in the line. Saxon double handed axes cleaved through many of the knights’ armour and into their mounts.
The turning point came when Harold was killed; his two younger brothers were already dead. It was late afternoon and the Saxons soon started to melt away. Pursuit was not possible as darkness fell early and the Norman Horse were tired from the day’s exertions. Before this happened there had been a scare in the Norman ranks, as a rumour started William was dead. It was unfounded and possibly this gave the Normans the Boost they needed.
William had indeed been lucky, as he had no option of retreat or reinforcements from across the Channel.
What is a A b��t��d ?
Knowing history would help. It looks like the bad word detector noticed bast_ard and replaced it with b��t��d.
As always I appreciate the time you take to provide us with these wonderful factoids. Pity the site has to rely on a bad word detector which is easily circumvented using unicode.
Morning Malachi. No problem.
I never considered bastardo a swear word. It was meant derogatively, of course. I would have prefered a Saxon win over a Latin one. But then England’s history and great animosity with the French might never have been!
Silly swear word detectors……
I was told the family history of the Churchill’s originated about that time. I really should verify this but a cousin went to somerset house 20 some odd years ago to do some research on the family tree. I was told the genesis was a French knight who was granted land in England after a victory in about this era. Shortly after that the family tree diverged to my fathers side and Winston’s side! Normally I would wish for English victories all the time but this once has a personal connection. Had the Saxons won there might never have been a Winston Churchill…or me!
GG, I disagree but understand your position. Is this better? “For a smart aleck…some people really are not that smart and have to ask silly questions for what should be an obvious answer in order to rain on good people’s parades”?
I was told the family history of the Churchill’s originated about that time. I really should verify this but a cousin went to somerset house 20 some odd years ago to do some research on the family tree. I was told the genesis was a French knight who was granted land in England after a victory in about this era. Shortly after that the family tree diverged to my fathers side and Winston’s side! Normally I would wish for English victories all the time but this once has a personal connection. Had the Saxons won there might never have been a Winston Churchill….or me!
Long live William!
I know more good things came of the invasion, than bad ones.
I was being naughty.