Next Talk– 1066, Duke William’s March on London

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1066 William’s March on London

14th October 1066 seems such a terminal date in English history but life continued.

‘1066 William’s March on London’ is an engaging account of what happened next as Duke William sought to consolidate his invasion of Anglo-Saxon England.

This is the story of Duke William’s strategy that culminates in his coronation at Westminster Abbey on 25th December 1066 and ends on New Year’s Eve.

Portrayed by his chroniclers as ‘a generous and accommodating man’ the reality is a little different as his plan unfolds and he cuts a wave of destruction across southern England with little opposition.

This talk delves a little deeper into the background and intrigue that surrounded the important events of that October, November and December starting with the aftermath of the Battle of Hastings.

The talk is based on all the evidence available for William’s march to London and brings it together in a logical, understandable and entertaining format.

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There was singing and dancing and great rejoicing

Read the stories behind the headlines, Read The Saxon Times

Eadgar Of West Minster, The Saxon Times Court Correspondent, continues to review recent issues of The Saxon Times

5th January 1066

Edward, King of England 1042 – 1066

It has been announced with great regret that King Edward, known as ‘The Confessor’, died peacefully in his sleep this morning. He served his country well. Tomorrow will be a national day of mourning. It is expected that his funeral service will take place tomorrow in West Minster Abbey.

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Political Comment.

I hope that I am not speaking out of turn but I have grave doubts about the future of our beloved England. Will the King’s childlessness ultimately lead to conflict? Will we have the strength and power to resist invasion from William, from Hardrada or from both?

6th January 1066

At The Witan Today By Our Political Correspondent Cenred of Ely

Today the Witan, was assembled to discuss the succession. With little hesitation or deliberation, they confirmed the identity of the new King of England.

Long Live King Harold II

King Harold Crowned King of England

On this day of Epiphany and with great ceremony before all the assembled nobles, King Harold II was crowned King of England, by Archbishop Stigand. The multitude’s former sombre mood was replaced with great rejoicing, fires were lit and there was singing and dancing that looked as if it would continue far into the night.

Long Live King Harold II

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