Battle of Hastings.



I remember the series on PBS with James Burke Connections.  In the accompanying book, he talked about how society can change and one thing he discussed was the Battle of Hastings.

He talked about how the Saxons would ride their horses, then dismount.  To ride into battle had the aura that you were planning to flee at the first sign of trouble.

Now property rights weren’t settled by lawsuits in those days.  Those with guts and the more powerful army went and took it.

When the Normans first landed, the Saxons held the high ground.  They were winning.  If they had just stayed on the hill, the Normans would have lost.

The Saxons wanted to cement their victory though.  They chased the Normans off the hill.  Big mistake, for both not riding their horses and coming off the hill.  The Normans were on horseback, turned around and as they say, the rest is history.  The Bayeux Tapestry tells the story.

Then you had French Knights building castles in England a la Monty Python and the Holy Grail.


About tucsonmike

I am originally from Brooklyn, New York and now live in Tucson, Arizona. I have discovered a passion for writing. I have five books out now, with a sixth on the way. Take a look @ my book list: The Search for Livingstone An Affair of the Heart The Search for Otzi Griffith Justice in Space. Moriarty The Life and Times of a Criminal Genius Available now on Smashwords - Amazon and Barnes and Noble As to not bore my public with just "Buy my book," I am also interested in baseball, the outdoors, art, architecture, technology, the human mind and DNA. I learned Ashkenazi Jews, of which I am one, have to lowest rate of Alzheimer's in the world. Therefore, I treat my brain as a muscle needing a workout. I enjoy good food, flirtation, beautiful women (I am happily married for thirty years), so just flirting ;) I was considered autistic when I was young, trying to figure out if I have a mild form of Aspergers and learning from that. That is for future posts. You can also see I love history. Enjoy my sarcastic silly look at the world, and making History more interesting than a textbook.
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