It Is The ‘Work Of The Devil’

Special Edition: Science Extra

Work of the Devil

They Call It ‘Printing’!

Pilgrims from overseas, who have visited Winchester to sit at the tomb of St Swithun, have revealed some extraordinary tales from mysterious eastern lands.

Discounted by clergy as the work of the devil, it appears possible to create books many times over in “a blink of the eye”’ according to one report, and “without the use of pens”.

It has been incredulously greeted by many monks who fear for their future as illuminating manuscripts is their sole mission in life. “What will happen to me” said one monk who wished not to be named, “I’ve trained years for this job and it’s all I know. If it’s true and they bring those infernal machines to England it will change the way the church works and not for the better. Mark my words, those devil machines will have to go. Progress my foot, what about the rights of the workers”

I catch up with one of the pilgrims, Brother Osmund, and whilst he confirms the rumours he admits that the story is at least third hand. He heard it from a friend of a friend of a friend, so to speak, who had ventured east by boat from Byzantium.

Brother Osmund recounts this tale.

“In a land far away to the east, beyond belief, there is a world that has invented the ability to produce many copies of the same book. This country is known as China and they have called what they do ‘Printing’.

They have carved wooden blocks of letters and words and have a machine that once the characters are inked, presses the blocks onto paper and then rubs the back of the paper. It is truly amazing.”

“They’ve printed many copies of their religious writings, 5000 scrolls each. Just think what we could do with the Bible. If people could read, they could read the Bible themselves. It would be a whole new world. We could spread the word far and wide. Everybody will share in the Holy Trinity”.

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

Fully Revised and Updated for 2019

Experience the Norman Conquest and all the events of 1066 through the pages of a contemporary English Newspaper ‘The Saxon Times’ as ‘written’ by The Saxon Times reporters.

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Look Inside

When King Edward the Confessor died in January 1066 nobody could have foreseen the year of bloodshed that would take place.

Under the leadership of Harold Godwinson, Dux Angolurum, England was at peace but Edward’s death and King Harold’s coronation set the country into a tumultuous spiral of battles and invasions, treachery and duplicity that ultimately the cost King Harold the throne of England.

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

Second Edition

Format          Spiral Bound Paperback
Dimensions  A4 – 210x 297mm
Extent            120pp
Publisher      History Walks

Previously Published in 2016 by Bretwalda Books

WILLIAM WANTS A HOLY WAR

20th February 1066

Papal Blessing

Duke William wants a Papal Blessing for his invasion. It is almost as if he knows that they are in the wrong with no claim to our throne.

The Archdeacon of Lisieux will travel to Rome and lodge a formal objection to Harold’s “usurpation” of the English throne. As a further show of his double dealing, he also promises that he will allow Normandy to be made a fiefdom of the Holy See, “sweetening the pot” to gain Pope Alexander II’s approval of the invasion.

WILLIAM WANTS A HOLY WAR

The Pope’s blessing will give him a chance of solving the problem of raising an army, he can promise land and booty to men who took part, but in a holy war the church could promise something more, redemption and salvation.

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 the full report behind these headlines and Brother Ealdred’s remedy, 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

YOU CAN PULL THE WOOL OVER THE EYES OF THE PEOPLE.

1066 The Saxon Times

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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.”

For all the stories behind the headlines, 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:          1066 Harold’s Way

Fully revised and updated for 2019

1066 The Saxon Times

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When King Edward the Confessor died in January 1066 nobody could have foreseen the year of bloodshed that would take place.

Under the leadership of Harold Godwinson, Dux Angolurum, England was at peace but Edward’s death and King Harold’s coronation set the country into a tumultuous spiral of battles and invasions, treachery and duplicity that ultimately the cost King Harold the throne of England.

Experience the Norman Conquest and all the events of 1066 through the pages of a contemporary English Newspaper ‘The Saxon Times’ as seen through the eyes of The Saxon Times reporters.

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

More Talking Less Walking

 

New Listing for David Clarke and History Walks Talks

Medway Speakers List

All my History Walks Talks are now listed under ‘David Clarke’ on the Medway Speakers List.

  • 1066 – King Harold’s March from London
  • Three Castles and an Ironmaster’s House – a walk around the history of the High Weald
  • The Saxon Times – A Newspaper’s Review of 1066 (1066 in 66 minutes)
  • 1066 William’s March on London
  • Explore St Leonards on sea

A downloadable leaflet giving a description of all the talks and individual talk sheets for distribution are available at:  History Walks Talks