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Tango0124 Oct 2016 11:06 a.m. PST

Part 1

"On October 14, 1066, two determined enemies faced each other across a shallow valley: William, Duke of Normandy; and from the heights of Senlac Hill, Harold, England's warrior king. With the fate of England in the balance, these two former friends would contend that long day in one of the greatest and most decisive battles in the sanguine history of the British Isles: The Battle of Hastings.
This struggle was the culmination of years of dynastic intrigue concerning the succession to the English throne that followed the death of King Edward the Confessor. This issue was complicated by the events a generation earlier in England's history, when the Danes under their kings Svein Forkbeard and his son, Canute, wrested England from the hands of the Anglo-Saxon king, Aethelred the "Unready" (though this appellate may be a misconstruction of the Anglo-Saxon word for "Unwise").

The Danish conqueror, Canute, married Aethelred's widow Emma; a daughter of the Norman duke, Richard I ("the Fearless"). Her two sons by Aethelred, Alfred and Edward fled the Danes and took refuge in the court of their Norman kinsmen at Rouen.

Emma also had a son by Canute, Harthacanute, who briefly ruled England and Denmark following the deaths of both his father and brother. Upon his deathbed, Harthacanute named his half-brother Edward, still in Normandy, as his heir. (Edward's elder brother Alfred had been treacherously killed by the Danes some years earlier.)…"
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Part 2

"In the absence of the English naval levies (the Sea Fyrd) that had been dismissed back to their home ports with the coming of autumn, William had but to await good sailing weather and his rival's distraction in the North to pounce upon England like a leopard upon his prey. Taking advantage of the opportunity the late season and the Norwegian invasion had given him, William crossed the channel on the 28th of September, just two days after Stamford Bridge…"
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Armand

Piquet Rules24 Oct 2016 11:26 a.m. PST

No wonder that Harold lost – how could he have possibly been ready to face Orcs and Goblins? I mean, really, how could he have known???

Tango0125 Oct 2016 9:37 a.m. PST

Sad the thread born dead…

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Armand

Personal logo Great War Ace Supporting Member of TMP03 Dec 2016 5:00 p.m. PST

Half-born is not alive. The video of the Norse champion defending the bridge was cool though.

Nice collection of illustrations. I recognize a couple as my work of "stitching". Their further dissemination is cool.

@Piquet: Yeah, I doubt that they ran twelve miles brandishing drawn weapons.

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