The battle at Fulford is all but forgotten in the victory celebrations with the Norse finished as a fighting force and unlikely ever to be a threat again.
The battle at Stamford Bridge marked the end of the Northern invasion and for the moment King Harold and his troops can stay at York, resting and recovering from their victory.
Some commentators rue the loss of so many experienced men from the Northern Army. Their death may prove a problem for the King in the future. It has been a great victory but at a high cost to the King’s elite fighting men, the Huscarls.
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LONDON MONTHLY: 30TH JUNE 1066
Royal Press Release 1st June 1066
By Our Royal Correspondent
Eadgard of West Minster
‘Today, King Harold II sails from Westminster to join the Royal Fleet.
The Fleet will sail to the Isle of Wight and will stay there until the 8th of September.
The Phoney War Continues
There is still the feeling amongst some of the King’s aides that it will ‘all be over by the end of summer’.
Reports from France tell of an army of men all along the Norman coast, building and fitting out ships of all sizes for carrying men, horses, provisions and weapons.
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, sources close to the Duke suggested that it was a further example of William’s godliness.
Robert The New Duke Of Normandy
Also on the 17th June, the following short court statement was issued:
‘Duke William hereby confirms that his son Robert will be proclaimed as Duke of Normandy should he fail to return from England.’
Does William Expect To Die?
With this official proclamation of his succession, is it the first sign of the vulnerability of Duke William. To leave Normandy in the hands of one so young speaks of William’s realisation of human frailty.
Last Month’s Quiz – ‘Where Will Tostig Go Next?’
The winner is Sigbert of Elesford and arrangements will be made to deliver his prize of a cow, donated by Rochester Abbey, as soon as possible.
Tostig’s Tortuous Travels
Tostig’s European Tour continues.
Harald Hardrada, Tostig’s Last Hope
Tostig thinks that he has a good idea that will appeal to King Harald Hardrada.
News from Europe: Germany June 1066
It is announced that his Imperial Majesty, Henry IV, King of Germany, has married Bertha of Savoy and Turin, daughter of Otto, Count of Savoy.
The Royal couple have been betrothed since 1055
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