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This week in Medieval History

December 3, 2009

No battle at Battle? New site suggested for the Battle of Hastings

This week a new site for the Battle of Hastings in 1066 was put forward by amateur historian and archaeologist Nick Austin. The new site, which lies on the western side of the ridge that surrounds Hastings, is around three miles from the invasion camp of William the Conqueror and two miles nearer Hastings than previously thought. The site is confirmed by the discovery of a crossbow where Harold is thought to have made this last stand.

Austin has spent the last twelve years researching where the battle took place, until now thought to be located at Battle – the town named after the most famous early medieval battle in history. Does Austin’s theory carry any weight?

Image from Wikimedia Commons

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New Resources Online

November 19, 2009

Holinshed’s Chronicles: The Crowning Achievement of Tudor Historiography

I am constantly surprised by the number of great resources for medievalists and early modernists that sneak up online. The Holinshed project is one of these. Launched a few months back, Holinshed’s Chronicles of England, Scotland and Ireland are a new, freely available, resource for all interested in historical writing in the early modern period. Two differing editions of 1577 and 1587 are provided alongside each other here for the first time. (more…)


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