Hastings burh looking north, made with Sketchup. The location of the fortified burh is unknown and controversial. I have placed it on the top of the cliff, where the Norman castle was later built, based on assumptions by some historians and because it suited the story line in my historical fiction novel.
I also added some cliff contours, which are approximated since so much of the cliff at Hastings was damaged by storms. I’m not entirely satisfied with the cliff – I think it should be steeper – and I need to move the blacksmith to nearer the cliff, away from the Manor House. I figure that […]
The Vikings invaded and conquered Normandy a couple of centuries before the battle at Hastings. The Vikings also were frequent invaders of England, and I image that many of the English were descendent from these unrelenting warriors. So the battle of Hastings in 1066 was a battle between fierce men with similar ancestries and with […]
The poem Carmen de Hastigae Proelio (The Song of the Battle of Hastings) is only 835 verses long, but contains some important clues as to what happened before and at the Battle of Hastings. The poem is attributed to Guy of Amiens and was likely written within one or two years after the Battle of […]
November found me up to my eyeballs in NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month). I had challenged myself to write 50,000 words on the second book of what I hope will be a series about England before, during and after the Norman conquest. Even though I met the change, I have my doubts if I’ll do […]