King Harold spoke to his assembled men late today.
“Duke William has an army of around 10,000 but we fought against such odds and won at Stamford Bridge.
We have tasted victory and victory will be ours once again.
I call upon my loyal fyrdmen to take up arms once more. Be ready to leave in five days and reinforcements will join us on the march to ‘the old hoar apple tree’ on Caldbec Hill, near the ridge at Senlac and Hastings
The second army will follow us the next day.
We men of Wessex know it well.
It is our land, our land to defend, defend the ridge at Senlac and we will win the war.”
The speech was met with a tremendous shout and a beating of shields. The horses shied but were soon calmed as the men drifted back to camp. The day that will decide the future of England will soon be upon us all.
This paper will have reporters traveling with the army to keep all our readers up to date with the army’s progress.
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