HASTINGS, NORMAN IN ALL BUT NAME
Hastings and its port remain firmly in the control of the Bishop of Fécamp with much Norman influence over this Saxon town. There is a fair bit of comings and goings between what appear to be close-cropped and gaunt ‘monks’. They keep to themselves and spend their time by riding and walking the immediate countryside.
I learnt that Duke William heard of Edward’s death and Harold’s coronation from Tostig, the King’s brother, of all people.
DUKE WILLIAM IS IN AN ALMIGHTY STOMP
“They say William went white with anger, the blood drained from his face. He was speechless and no one dared approach him – all too afraid of his rage. All I’ve heard is that William is sending a messenger to the King. What’s going on between the King and William, nobody knows.”
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