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Posted: 5/22/2003 5:03:00 PM EDT
So this isn't my 1066th post--I accidently wasted that. Anyway, we all know about the Battle of Hastings, I hope. In 1066AD, England became much more French. I haven't looked through these links very carefully, but there's probably some good info.
The Battle of Hastings - 1066 and much more - A very brief Synopsis Duke William of Normandy left St.Valery in Normandy with about 600 ships and 10 to 12,000 men Sept 27th in 1066. William and his barons had been recruiting and preparing the invasion of England since early spring of that year. He was a seasoned general and master tactician, using cavalry, archers and infantry and had fought many notable battles. Off Beachy Head, his ship, the Mora, arrived ahead of the fleet.. William waited and ate a hearty breakfast. As his fleet straggled into place behind him they moved eastward to the first sheltered bay to provide protection for his armada. Pevensey and Bulverhythe were the villages on each promontory. Pevensey, to the west, was protected by an old Roman Fort and behind the fort there was much flat acreage to house his large Army. To suggest this landing was not pre-planned, is not in keeping with the preparatory time taken by William, or his track record. There had been much intelligence gathering in the past few months....
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Read more: [url]http://www.infokey.com/hon/hastings.htm[/url] Other links: [url]http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/war/normans/hastings_01.shtml[/url] [url]http://www.historylearningsite.co.uk/hastings.htm[/url] [url]http://www.ibiscom.com/bayeux.htm[/url] [url]http://www.regia.org/hastings.htm[/url] [url]www.battle1066.com[/url]
Link Posted: 5/22/2003 7:07:04 PM EDT
BTT I'm trying to learn y'all some edjoomakashun.
Link Posted: 5/22/2003 7:59:51 PM EDT
Originally Posted By zonan: BTT I'm trying to learn y'all some edjoomakashun.
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Don't lissin to this idjiot, aks me! I wuz there! Howdja think I got this scar? From a Jap at Tarawa? From a Boche when I went over the top with Blackjack Pershing? Hell, No! There we wuz back in '66, me and Bill, shoulder to shoulder, and backs to the wall. I lifted up my sword, an then it come. A crossbow bolt right in the ribs! I jerked it out, grabbed my sword............
Link Posted: 5/22/2003 8:28:59 PM EDT
Actually I would say it 'Normanized' the English. Normans werent really 'French', Their roots go back to the vikings of a century or two earlier. Sure there was some intermarriage and cultural mingling between the Viking Conquerors and the Franks that lived in Normandy, but I would not call the Normans 'French'. The 'french' really didnt come about until after the 100 years war nearly half a millenia later. The fun part of that battle is what Harold's men had done immediately prior to it. Of course the Normans came up with some interesting tactics themselves to break the shield wall that Harold's men made.
Link Posted: 5/22/2003 9:42:12 PM EDT
Yes, you're right Silence. But I have trouble not thinking of the Normans as a little bit too frenchy.... It's probably due to reading Ivanhoe back in the day, and getting the impression that the Normans thought themselves to be uppity, especially compared to the other guys who descended from vikings--the saxons. Not a very good source of history though.
Link Posted: 5/22/2003 9:50:16 PM EDT
Stamford Bridge. Nuff said.
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