June 1066: News of Tostig and William

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TOSTIG’S TORTUOUS TRAVELS

Tostig’s European Tour continues.  ‘Once I get to the Orkneys, it will be easy to sail to Norway to meet Harald Hardrada. He too has a claim to the throne and has an axe to grind with Harold’ said Tostig.

IS HARALD HARDRADA TOSTIG’S LAST HOPE?

Reports suggest that on 2nd June Tostig did indeed sail to Norway. He thinks that he has a ‘good idea’ that will appeal to King Harald Hardrada.

If Hardrada believes that any campaign with Tostig will succeed he is more stupid than he looks. Believe me when I say that he is doomed, he is really doomed. All Tostig’s ideas ultimately prove disastrous.

A BLESSING IN DISGUISE

On the 17th June, a Charter for the Holy Trinity in Caen was ratified by William and confirmed the status of the Abbey of the Holy Trinity. Work had started on this Benedictine monastery in 1062 as a penance to appease the Bishop of Rouen following William’s marriage to Matilda of Flanders.

Following the dedication of the Abbey, sources close to the Duke suggested that it was a further example of William’s godliness.

COMMENT

I believe that William is profiting from the Papal Blessing and that the dedication of the Abbey, at this time, is more than coincidence. I suggest that it is all propaganda, designed to woo the people of Normandy to follow William on some kind of religious crusade.

It seems that you can pull the wool over people’s eyes all the time.

For the full report behind these headlines and the reports, read 1066 The Saxon Times and experience the Norman Conquest through the eyes of the Saxon Times reporters.

For more information on The Saxon Times and to LOOK INSIDE visit: www.1066thesaxontimes.com/home

Next Talk– 1066, Duke William’s March on London

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1066 William’s March on London

14th October 1066 seems such a terminal date in English history but life continued.

‘1066 William’s March on London’ is an engaging account of what happened next as Duke William sought to consolidate his invasion of Anglo-Saxon England.

This is the story of Duke William’s strategy that culminates in his coronation at Westminster Abbey on 25th December 1066 and ends on New Year’s Eve.

Portrayed by his chroniclers as ‘a generous and accommodating man’ the reality is a little different as his plan unfolds and he cuts a wave of destruction across southern England with little opposition.

This talk delves a little deeper into the background and intrigue that surrounded the important events of that October, November and December starting with the aftermath of the Battle of Hastings.

The talk is based on all the evidence available for William’s march to London and brings it together in a logical, understandable and entertaining format.

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OUR DARKEST HOUR

THIS COUNTRY NEEDS YOU

Royal Correspondent Eadgard of West Minster

Reading a prepared statement from the steps of West Minster Palace, King Harold II has this to say to the Nobility of England.

i Your Country Needs You HR“There is now no doubt as to Duke William’s intentions against our Island State. England is set to face its darkest hour since the Viking Invasions and we must be prepared.

We know that we have right on our side and our belief in God’s will, will not waver.

This will be a fight to preserve the very democracy that we hold dear and every Englishman should be ready to fight.

I now call you all to arms. The battle may be tomorrow, next month or the month after that and it will be fierce but be assured, we will all stand side by side in the defence of the realm.

It is God’s Will”

Harold Rex.

TOSTIG’S TROUBLES

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TOSTIG’S TROUBLES

Chief Reporter: Ethelred of Shaftsbury

Such stories Tostig must weave to get Baldwin Vth of Flanders and Duke William to agree to his ‘invasion’ plans. They both must be soft in the head or perhaps the simple truth is that it is the best way to get rid of the little toad. ‘Give him his ships, some men and let him do battle with King Harold. With any luck it will be the last that we see of him’.

We can now report that on May 1st, Tostig set sail for the Isle of Wight with sixty ships primarily to commandeer men, money and supplies from this unguarded outpost of Wessex.

News from Kent filtered back to this paper that Tostig had occupied the Kent port of Sandwich where he got more men and ships but he was forced to retreat when the King sent forces against him – another battle lost. Sailing round to the Isle of Thanet he joins up with that other exile from his Northumbrian days, Copsig

For the full report behind these headlines and the reports, read 1066 The Saxon Times and experience the Norman Conquest through the eyes of the Saxon Times reporters.

For more information on The Saxon Times and to LOOK INSIDE visit: www.1066thesaxontimes.com/home

HAS THE FYRD BEEN SUMMONED TO EARLY?

KING HAROLD SUMMONS THE FYRD

On April 1st, 1066, King Harold II took action in defence of the Realm and summoned the ‘Fyrd’ to watch over the coasts. There are watch posts all along the south coast from Bosham to Dover. The Fyrd is the Anglo-Saxon militia and is made up of men drawn from the farms, villages and towns of southern England.

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EDITORIAL

HAS THE FYRD BEEN SUMMONED TO EARLY?

The ‘Summoning of the Fyrd’ seems to be at odds with the intelligence received recently from Normandy. Duke William’s preparations have only just begun and it is unlikely that all the ships required for the invasion will be completed for another two months at least.

Of course, there is always that loose cannon Tostig to think about but he has little support in Wessex and there is little to suggest that he has the money, power or men to mount a serious invasion attempt.

It may be a calculated show of strength by the King causing William, and his nobles, second thoughts about invading our England.

Let’s just hope that the Fyrd do prove to be an effective defence.

For the full report behind these headlines and the reports, read 1066 The Saxon Times and experience the Norman Conquest through the eyes of the Saxon Times reporters.

For more information on The Saxon Times and to LOOK INSIDE visit: www.1066thesaxontimes.com/home

IT’S A PORTENT OF DOOM, WE’RE ALL DOOMED

FEAR TERROR OR JUST SUPERSTITION

‘Then over all England there was seen a sign in the skies such as had never been seen before. It’s a sign, a portent, the people cried and they were afraid’

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Science Correspondent, Godric of Rochester

Last night, a truly spectacular event marked the occasion of the Spring Solstice. One reveller tells of a star four times as big as anything else in the night sky and nearly as bright as the moon. Another said that it travelled slowly across London and seemed to hang over us. Some were terrified, nothing like it had ever been seen before, but the general opinion at the time was that “they should stop being so melodramatic, after all, if you looked at it nothing bad happened, you didn’t go blind or mad so what could go wrong.”

THE VIEW OF THE CHURCH

No one from the English Church or The Abbey of West Minster was available for comment but I was able to interview the monk Eilmer of Malmesbury.

It should be said that Eilmer’s observations are his own opinions but he did seem knowledgeable about the heavens. It was perhaps more of an outburst then a reasoned argument and Eilmer’s ideas are somewhat questionable. He said, “I’ve divined that the ‘star’ was a true portent of evil and that disaster will soon be upon us.”

IT’S A PORTENT OF DOOM, WE’RE ALL DOOMED

I had come upon Eilmer as he was talking to himself, surely a sign of lunacy. Looking up at the heavens he said “You’ve come, you’ve come, you’ve come again have you, you source of tears to mothers, you’re evil. I hate you! It is long since I saw you; but as I see you now you are much more terrible, for I see you brandishing the downfall of my country. I hate you!”

Dismissed as mad by those around, his comments were overheard by some close to the King. They did appear concerned, even worried and after some discussion decided to let the King know of Eilmer’s doom laden speech.

What will happen now to Eilmer I’m not sure but the general advice was that he should get back to the safety of Malmesbury as quickly as he could.

For the full report behind these headlines and the reports, read 1066 The Saxon Times and experience the Norman Conquest through the eyes of the Saxon Times reporters.

For more information on The Saxon Times visit: www.1066thesaxontimes.com/home

 

They’ve threatened to put him in the woods!

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 READER’S LETTERS

Brother Ealdred’s recommendation for the wife’s headaches in January’s paper is a most valuable remedy. Indeed, I cannot express my thanks at the sense of well-being it provided. It was like a charm, soothing and relieving all the symptoms and I have found it to very advantageous whenever my wife feels poorly. Randulf

Dear Brother Ealdred

Eadhun is about ten years old and has begun to cough. It is worse at night when he keeps us all awake and our neighbours too. They’ve threatened to put him in the woods to sleep. We are at our wits end and the other six children are crabby too from lack of sleep. What can we do? Beowulf

For Brother Ealdred’s full reply, read The Saxon Times.

‘As for your neighbours, ask them to share some home brewed beer with you and watch you give your boy his medicine.’

ASK BROTHER EALDRED

Statements made in The Saxon Times, regarding the advice on herbal and natural remedies, are sourced from the ‘Lacnunga’, a collection of miscellaneous Anglo-Saxon medical texts and prayers. The advice given by Brother Ealdred is for information purposes only, it is not meant to be a substitute for medical advice or diagnosis provided by your doctor or other medical professionals.

Do not use Brother Ealdred’s advice to diagnose, treat or cure any illness or health condition. If you have, or suspect that you have a medical problem, contact your doctor or health care provider.