1066 The Saxon Times
COUNCIL OF ROUEN 2nd February 1066
The Duke summoned his chief magnates to a council at Rouen with the intention of outlining his plans and drumming up support for a Norman invasion of England.
The reception to his war plans was chilly to say the least, ‘an unimpressive presentation that failed to address how the money would be raised for such an enormous venture’ said one Earl. ‘It’s fine riding off across country to besiege a castle but overseas is something else and there are more like me that feel the same’.
YOU CAN PULL THE WOOL OVER THE EYES OF THE PEOPLE.
‘Easily led, fickle, no spine’ were just some of the comments that were heard on the streets of Rouen that night. ‘Dragging the common man into another war just so that the rich can line their pockets even more. It’s us that has to do the real fighting’ was heard more than once. The mood was sombre after the decision of the Council was read out from the steps of the Cathedral.
A DECLARATION OF WAR
“It is the decision of The Council of Rouen that as from today, we are at war with England.”
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