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  1. The old original one would be a start :wink: 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 :twisted:

  2. Obviously not the French :roll: 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.

  3. Phil Spector was an absolute genius ! way, way ahead of his time and creating what became known as the unique 'Wall of Sound' ........... if you want to hear any classic songs that were written or produced by this highly talented man then listen to the Friday night Memories show on Radio Warrington :wink: ........

     

    www.radiowarrington.co.uk

  4. 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Bayeux Tapestry is THE best reference available for the build up to and the actual battle itself, although as in most historical references it may well be biased ........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 looks like additional arrows being held in the left hand holding the bow, many theories abound that this may well be a crossbowman ........... as the use of the crossbow was very, very rare indeed at this particular time.

     

    Here's a link to something that may be of interest :wink:

     

    http://www.archerylibrary.com/books/badminton/docs/chapter07/chapter7_1.html

     

    By the way, Harold didn't really have the time to wait to assemble more manpower :wink:

  5. Yet another IF in history: IF Harold had waited, pursued a scorched earth strategy, he could have assembled a much larger Army closer to London? :shock: As it was, the shield wall at Hastings proved impenetrable, as long as it kept it's formation, but was thinned out when a section pursued a Breton feigned retreat and was massacred. :cry: Not sure they could have survived the high elevation archery fire though, unless they knew how to form a testudo! :wink:

     

    A total lack of archers on Harold's side didn't help his cause :wink:

  6. why must there be something significant about stonehenge.

     

    I think, they wanted to make a structure, so some foreman type said, ok put one there, and another there, oh and puit that one on top of them two.

     

    right now we have a meetingplace, market, point of refrence for whatever were going to do.

     

    no magic, no clestial connections, no calendar.. just rocks, with a variety of purposes.

     

    I suggest you think 'Paganism' don't you ?? spirituality came from the earth for people for thousands of years, a good example is the finding of many valuable objects in lakes, rivers etc .......... belief in gods in the water and also as an offering, and belief that water was endless thus objects passing into another world ........... we live in a totally different society who sadly find that our ancestors beliefs are 'laughable' and 'nonsensical' ........... that's why we have an education system with history in it :roll: to teach how life WAS not how it is NOW :roll: and to dispel the 'sceptical myths' spread around by those who don't want to understand the beliefs and way of life of previous generations !

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