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.”
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
New Listing for David Clarke and History Walks Talks
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
When these two get together anything can happen.
Already expelled from Northumbria in 1065 for excessive cruelty, they and their band of trained hooligans are now trying to make their mark on Euro 1066.
The authorities are aware of their travel plans and plan to nip any trouble in the bud.
May’s edition of The Saxon Times republished
Excerpts from The Saxon Times will be available from 10th July 2016 in A3 format suitable for wall display. Visit www.1066thesaxontimes.com and www.1066haroldsway.co.uk for more information
The Saxon Times is set for publication 1st September 2016 by Bretwalda Books as an A4 paperback and will be available nationally.
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.