Tag Archive: John of Worcester

King Henry’s Eclipse

King Henry Eclipse

The total solar eclipse on 02 August 1133 was visible throughout Medieval Europe. In England, King Henry departed for Normandy on 01 August 1133. Many believed the eclipse was an omen predicting his death. The omen proved true and King Henry would never return to England alive! Chronicler John of Worcester recorded ‘in 1133 a…

Solar eclipses and the middle ages

solareclipse

Dr Anne Lawrence from the University of Reading’s Department of History examines what solar eclipses meant to our ancestors. Looking forward to the solar eclipse? I am and I suspect much of the UK is too. Scientists in particular are chomping at the bit to record this once in a generation event, especially here at…