Tag Archive: Battle of Hastings

Domesday book lent to British Library for Anglo-Saxon exhibition

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Domesday, the earliest public record and perhaps the most famous book in English history, is to be lent to the British Library for a landmark exhibition on the Anglo-Saxons. The National Archives announced on Friday that it was lending one of its most prized possessions, the great survey of England commissioned by William the Conqueror…

10 surprising facts about William the Conqueror and the Norman conquest

1) No one at the time called William ‘the Conqueror’ The earliest recorded use of that nickname occurs in the 1120s, and it didn’t really take off until the 13th century. At the time of his death in 1087, William was called ‘the Great’ by his admirers, and ‘the Bastard’ by his detractors; the latter…

MAP#59: Author Ian Macgill, 1066 and The Rhyme of King Harold

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Journalist and author Ian Macgill found his writing passion traveling through the jungles of South America. As a young man Ian was awarded the Winston Churchill fellowship and traveled through South America studying ancient sites. His adventures in South America would make a great book as well! After his travels he returned to Britain and…

Skeleton could be soldier killed in 1066 battle

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A skeleton found in Lewes is now believed to be the only recorded remains of someone killed in the Norman invasion of 1066. The skeleton of a man, known as 180, was found in a medieval cemetery when Western Road School was demolished in 1994. Radiocarbon dating places the man’s death to within 28 years…

Battle of Stamford Bridge

Battle of Stamford Bridge

Today marks the 947th anniversary of the Battle of Stamford Bridge. The battle pitted the forces of English King Harold Godwinson against the invading force of Norwegian King Harold Hardrada and the King’s own brother Tostig Godwinson. The battle was a decisive victory for England. But King Godwinson’s victory would be short lived. In three…

One in the eye for history: experts still fighting over the site of the Battle of Hastings

Bayeux Tapestry Death of King Harold II

It is the most famous battle in British history, fought, as every schoolboy knows, in 1066 at a site now marked by Battle Abbey, near the town of Hastings. But while the date of the Battle of Hastings might still be universally accepted, the location has been called into question, with two experts proposing not…

Bayeux Tapestry engraved on crystal bowl

Bayeux Tapestry engraved on crystal bowl

An artist from a village near Wincanton has recreated one of the world’s most renowned tapestries on a stunning glass dish. Frank Grenier, of North Cadbury, has recreated the famous Bayeux Tapestry which tells the tale of the Battle of Hastings, fought in 1066. Mr Grenier, who has been engraving professionally for 20 years, has…

MAP#28 – Dan Snow Interview

Dan Snow, historian and award winning TV presenter takes a few minutes out of his busy schedule to talk to the Medieval Archives. Trained in the hallowed halls of Oxford University, Dan ventured into TV for a WWII Documentary and hasn’t looked back. His past medieval documentaries explored 1066 and The Battle of Hastings, Norman…

MAP#19 – 1066 and The Battle of Hastings

Today is the 945th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. We look at the year 1066, the death of King Edward the Confessor and the dispute over the throne of England. Harold Godwinson was crowned the new king of England. However, Harold Hardrada, Viking King of Norway and William the Bastard, Duke of Normandy both…

A Grand Day Out: The Battle Of Hastings, where Britain’s future turned on an arrow

Seeking ideas for a weekend day out in the next few weeks? You could always head down to East Sussex, where the annual re-enactment of the Battle Of Hastings takes place over the weekend of October 9-10. Mark Hughes-Morgan explains what you can expect. WHY DID KING HAROLD LOSE? He hasn’t yet: it doesn’t happen…