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  1. The old original one would be a start walking 9 paces across the manor hall where you would be tried holding a red hot iron bar in both hands outstretched in front of you .......... you did of course HAVE to pick it up first from within a cauldron of boiling water
  2. Bring back trial by ordeal
  3. Obviously not the French besides, English archers would quite often remove their shoes and shoot barefooted anyway, gave them better grip on their backleg which took most of the force when shooting arrows skywards.
  4. Shambolic battle tactics by the French and also the mud did help as well
  5. As is well known the Bayeux Tapestry is THE best reference available for the build up to and the actual battle itself, although as in most historical references it may well be biased ........ It does however heighten the fact that Harold was 'starved' of archers, the tapestry shows 29 archers altogether (some in the bottom row) and out of these 29 only ONE is a Saxon. Of the 28 Norman archers, one is unusually wearing what may well be a mail hauberk (very unusual for an archer at that time) and one is actually on horseback. If you look closely at the foot archer in the hauberk it shows what
  6. A total lack of archers on Harold's side didn't help his cause
  7. I don't think King Harold would've found the 'eye to eye' bit funny ....... especially after somebody did say to him ' Whatever you do, DON'T look up '!
  8. tonymaillman


    On this very day in 1066 ........... our history changed dramatically
  9. If it was the girls from Holyoaks the place would be rammed I am told the girls from Hollyoaks will be along supporting their team! I'll be there then !!!
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