Monday, October 23, 2006

Pictorial evidence 1

There was nothing at Senlac Hill when the battle was fought, no nearby town to clear up afterwards. In fact, a year or two later, when some Normans journeyed back through the area, they remarked on the piles of white bones where the battlefield had been. William commanded an Abbey to be built on the site, and this is Battle Abbey, in the mists of early morning.

You could walk through the sprawling encampment and watch the troops mustering for battle - and although I think the foot soldiers pictured here are Saxons, I couldn't swear to it. Both sides carried kite shields, and wore mail shirts and similar helms and devices, so you can imagine how difficult it was to tell them apart...

(more coming)


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