A Quick Historical Note

Incidentally, “Norman Conquest” is going to be the name of my autobiography.

Bayeux Tapestry – Scene 51 (extract)- The Battle of Hastings: Norman knights and archers. via Wikimedia Commons. Public Domain.

October 14, 1066: The Battle of HastingsAnglo-Saxon King Harold Godwinson, having repulsed a Norwegian invasion under Harald Hardrada at Stamford Bridge (generally regarded as the end of the Viking Age; in which case the very last thing that happened in the Viking Age is the doomed Norwegian charge known to history as ‘Orre‘s Storm’) just two weeks before fares decidedly less well at Hastings, being shot in the face with an arrow.

The nock end of an arrow.
I’ll leave it to your imagination. Also, worth noting that may not actually be what happened.
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Harold’s death in battle subsequently allowed for the ascension of William the Conqueror the throne of England and the subsequent establishment of Norman rule in England and the decline of the previous Anglo-Saxon culture, helped along by the fact that William killed off a lot of the Anglo-Saxon leadership. And populace in general.

So, basically, everyone historically notable was really a jerk.

Incidentally, “Norman Conquest” is going to be the name of my autobiography.


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