There are rumours abounding, spread by those who know the area well, that Senlac is key.
As Earl of Wessex, Harold is aware that the ground around Senlac is hilly and far from ideal for the cavalry that reports suggest make up much of the Norman forces.
If Harold can hold the Senlac ridge, the Norman forces will be bottled up in Hastings for the winter. With William finding it difficult to feed his army in the bad weather and prone to disease, the invasion will be finished before it has really started.
It will all be over by Christmas
This issue of The Saxon Times is included in the 1066 Saxon Times Resource book:
Brother Ealdred of Malmsbury offers a wide variety of cures for dozens of medical problems, as described in the ‘Lacnunga’, with simple ointments, salves, drinks or remedies made up of a few ingredients. Occasionally, a prayer or chant is all that is needed to return one to full health.
Dear Brother Ealdred
Our eldest daughter is 14 years old and is forever rubbing her eyes. She’s made them sore and they always look red. She looks as if she’s been crying all the time and people are beginning to say that we beat her – but we don’t. We want her to look her best as it’s about time she got married but with her eyes so bad no man will come near her. What can we do?
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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.
Our next exhibition from 16th June will be ‘The Saxon Times’.
‘The newspaper is a look at how the events of 1066 may have been reported and records eye witness reports of the events surrounding the death of Edward the Confessor, the coronation of King Harold II, the events that led to the Battle of Hastings, 14th October 1066 and the subsequent conquest of England through the eyes of The Saxon Times reporters’.
The book is due to be published in August 2016 and promises a fascinating view into this most important period of the nation’s history. This is the work of David Clarke, who some of you will have heard talk on ‘Harold’s Way’ last year. David has also produced a series of walk booklets in and around Hastings and St Leonards which are stocked at the History House. We are grateful to David for the loan of the exhibition.