10-14-2014, 09:46 AM #1
Hunt on for Harold -- did king survive Hastings in 1066?
On the occasion of the battle's 948th anniversary today....
King Harold 'may have survived Battle of Hastings' claim (BBC)
An underground scan is being carried out at Waltham Abbey in Essex in a hunt for evidence that King Harold survived the Battle of Hastings.
Novelist and amateur historian Peter Burke wants to test his theory that the king recovered and lived for 40 years after the battle on 14 October 1066.
He is challenging historical records which state that King Harold was killed by William the Conqueror's soldiers.
The battle, on October 14 1066, marked a turning point in British history as the Normans conquered medieval England.
There are different accounts of how he was killed, one of them pictured in the Bayeux Tapestry, which appears to have him gripping an arrow that had pierced his eye.
Another account of the battle, said to have been written shortly afterwards by Guy, Bishop of Amiens, has Harold being killed by four knights and his body dismembered.
Harold Godwinson (Wiki)
Bayeux Tapestry (Wiki)
10-14-2014, 09:59 AM #2
Writ long in Daily Express....
The truth of Anglo-Saxon king: revelation that could CHANGE history
....and a Telegraph appearance:
Richard III archaeologists now search for King Harold - to see if he survived Battle of Hastings
• Graveyard scan for the body of King Harold set to test the theory he survived the Battle of Hastings and lived on as a hermit
10-14-2014, 10:15 AM #3
As well, the Independent on Sunday....
Is the Bayeux Tapestry about to unravel? Every schoolchild knows that King Harold II was felled by an arrow to the eye at the Battle of Hastings. But the thousand-year legend could be shot down by a new scientific examination which suggests that the last Anglo-Saxon King of England lived to fight another day.
The geological survey company used to find the remains of Richard III is launching a search for the body of King Harold II in the grounds of Waltham Abbey Church in Essex, where the fallen monarch was supposedly given a burial.
We found Dick, now let's find Harry: After Richard III's remains
were found in a Leicester car park, the hunt is on for King Harold
10-24-2014, 03:04 PM #4
Do King Harold's remains lie under a Hertfordshire church? Amateur historians claim Saxon lies locked inside a vault
⁍ Two amateur historians claim remains of King Harold, who was shot through the eye at Hastings in 1066, lie under parish church
⁍ Say there are four surviving, intact Norman stone coffins which have not even been seen since the 19th century in a vault under the church
⁍ But vicar of the church said he is 'unconvinced' by their claims and has refused permission for an archaeological investigation
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