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Happy New Year, everyone!

04 January 2015 - 08:00 AM

Here's hoping for a peaceful and prosperous year.

The Lionheart

04 April 2014 - 06:25 AM

I found this an interesting article:



The Real Site of the Battle of Hastings?

04 April 2014 - 02:28 AM

I was re-watching a great Time Team special regarding rival claims for the battle.  You can see it on YouTube  Spoiler alert - some of my conclusions below!


This article summarises the programme http://www.telegraph...roundabout.html


I've never bought into the Abbey site being the correct one for a variety of reasons.  What made this programme so interesting was a laser-radar survey of the area, combined with the topography as it was at the time.  What was crystal clear was:

  1. The Abbey site would have been impossible to attack, as it was marshland.
  2. Caldbec Hill was far too broad an area for Harold's army to defend against outflanking by Norman cavalry.
  3. The only possible - and by far best option - was a previously unconsidered site, in Battle town itself.

For all the other speculation, terrain rules the day.  If the terrain is wrong, you can't fight winnable battles.  To me, it's a clincher and warrants further investigation.

The harrying of the North - an accountancy error?

01 April 2014 - 03:58 AM

I know this is a sensitive subject, but I've always been sceptical of the extent of the harrying on two points: the numbers of Normans available to carry out the act, and the idea of a ruler trashing income-generating lands to such an extent.  One point in this article is either wrong or mis-reported - the idea the Normans brought Christianity to England:



16th-century warfare manual showing 'rocket cats' weaponry puzzles experts

06 March 2014 - 10:17 AM

It's too early for April Fools Day...


Experts studying fanciful illustrations from a circa-1530 manual on artillery and siege warfare, however, appear to have uncovered a less innocent use for cats in flight.

Images from the manual, which was digitised by the University of Pennsylvania, appear to show jet packs strapped to the backs of cats and doves.

The German text accompanying the pictures helpfully advises military commanders to use them to "set fire to a castle or city which you can't get at otherwise."