Normans Are Ready
William, Duke of Normandy and his Council of War are delighted by the intelligence received from their spies.
There is a belief that in Harold’s haste, some of the army may have been left behind to recover from the long march from York and will follow on later.
By contrast, William’s army seem well rested in their long established safe haven, at Hastings, and are ready for a fight. They had been dreading a long, drawn-out campaign and believe a swift engagement will be to their advantage.
The Norman army is getting ready to move from the security of Hastings and Hastings Castle to a new camp on Telham Hill, seven miles to the north.
My informants tell me of Duke William’s intention to meet Harold’s army close to the crossroads at Senlac Hill.
Sources close to the Duke admit that these strategic crossroads hold the key to the invasion.
Win here and William could be crowned King by Christmas.
I fear for England and our Saxon Rights and our Rule of Law. We must not submit to Norman dictatorship.
It will not be benevolent. We will be forced from our lands. Our lives will be controlled by fear and uncertainty. Taxation will destroy our way of life.
French will become our language. It is not the future that we want for our sons
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