In 1066, William the Bastard crossed the Narrow Sea and conquered England. I think it is safe to say there is little controversy in this statement. Beyond this, all the facts associated with that conquer appear to be disputed in one way or another: where he landed, when he landed, how many Normans came with him, where he created his stronghold, where the battle against King Harold was fought, if King Harold died during the battle, where King Harold is buried, where the Hastings burghal hidage created by King Alfred was located, how many people lived in Hastings, what the coastline looked like, etc.
My research is by no means complete and I don’t claim any special training for historic research. I spent decades as a research engineer. I do know how to research and document my research. What I ultimately select as the world for my novel may not be the most accurate. I am writing fiction, and I must be cognizant at all times of the consequences of selected details to the story. Having said that, I do want the world in my book to represent historical facts as much as possible.
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