The Army began to arrive at the campsite from early this morning.
The vanguard crossed the Appledore Estuary at Sedlescombe and are in good shape. The bulk of the army came by Vine Hall, following the old trackways. It took longer but it avoided the estuary.
It is the English custom to pass the night, drinking and singing, and without sleep. They say that it takes the mind of the fyrdmen away from thoughts of the morrow.
Axes are being sharpened, leather bottles filled.
There is much talk of past campaigns and victories to motivate and energise the forces, especially those who are inexperienced.
Many went up to the ridge at Senlac. Across the valley was the Norman camp. It did not seem as big as our camp and gave many of the troops a lift, especially those first-timers.
The Norman camp seemed quiet and on the breeze, could be heard chanting, chanting like you would hear in church.
There were a few laughs amongst the Anglo-Saxon ranks “if they’re confessing their sins already they must think that they’re going to die.
Tomorrow, we’ll help them on their way” said one wag which raised more laughter.
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