Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Something About Harold at Hastings

Hark! Harold's Anglo-Saxons Sing!


Today is the anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, fought in 1066 between the Norman-French army of William, the Duke of Normandy, and an English army under the Anglo-Saxon King Harold Godwinson. The battle, and everything before, is best-remembered from the scenes of the Bayeux Tapestry. Now I won't tell you of the battle as it happened in days long gone by but I will defer to Marriott Edgar (1880-1951). The early Twentieth Century poet has a flair for describing the events:
I'll tell of the Battle of Hastings,
As happened in days long gone by,
When Duke William became King of England,
And 'Arold got shot in the eye.
...
And after the battle were over
They found 'Arold so stately and grand,
Sitting there with an eye-full of arrow
On his 'orse with his 'awk in his 'and.
Knowing Bellairs had a love of witty poetry I think he would approve.

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