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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1066 The Saxon Times
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.
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It’s nearly Christmas 1066
and the Conqueror is getting anxious.
More than just footsteps on a path.
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Saxon Times Review November 1066
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Rochester Spared but Guildford Burns
Queen Edith pledges support for Duke William and Winchester is saved
Today, Duke William sent word to Winchester, held in dower by Edith, widow of King Edward, with a demand that they pay tribute.
It was revealed in a statement from the Duke’s camp that he “considered it would be dishonourable if he went to take away the seat thus granted her and he asked for only an impost and a pledge”. This had already been agreed with the Queen’s advisers and the town council the night before. It was to be a token that safeguarded Winchester and secured the Treasury for Duke William.
The Norman War Machine moves on to Reading and Wallingford.
The army has orders to waste the countryside partly for food and partly retribution against Saxon Wessex. At Wallingford they are to make camp and wait for the Duke at the head of the enlarged Second Division
Empire To Last For Thousand Years
I listened as Duke William gave a rousing and impromptu speech from his saddle:
“Prepare yourself for the battles ahead for you will be part of a new model army that will, if necessary subdue this nation by force. We will create a Norman Empire that will stretch across Europe and last for a thousand years. We have already made great inroads in Sicily and Southern Italy and soon England will fall.
You will cherish this moment forever and soon you will take your share of our glorious inheritance”.
It was met with enthusiastic cheers but they were soon quietened as the Duke impressed upon them the need to first take Mass as befitted a Holy Army marching under the Papal Banner.
Such lies and duplicity! But the propaganda that is broadcast as part of the Duke’s war machine is readily absorbed by those with avarice and greed all too evident.
The Valiant Battle of Southwark
It was a valiant effort that much cheered the volunteers atop the city walls.
Duke William may have hoped to seize the city by surprise, or it may have just been a diversionary tactic but in the aftermath of the so called “Battle of Southwark” the heinous Normans, true to form, sacked and burnt Southwark.
By the morning, the fires had died and the Normans had gone.
This excerpt is taken from the pages of The Saxon Times, Newspaper of the Year, 1066 and is included in The Saxon Times Resource book of downloadable resources.
5th November 1066
From the pages of The Saxon Times – www.1066thesaxontimes.com