King moves to Barking–Is he Mad?

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In a surprise move, King William has moved his court to Barking Abbey in Essex.

It is a strange action but I am assured by William of Poitiers that it is in keeping with both the King’s need for safety, his Christian will and it is close to the key old Roman road north.

Conqueror Hides in Nunnery

I have been asked by those close to King William to advise our readers that there is no truth in the rumour that our feared Conqueror has found safety in a nunnery.

The Court has been moved to Barking temporarily whilst several strongholds are made ready in the City. These strongholds are intended as a preventative measure to help safeguard the security of the population of London from insurrection.

Reading between the lines, the Norman Government are wary of the fickleness of a huge and fierce population.

A Disastrous Year

It is now the end of this disastrous year for Saxon England – we have lost our King and our Kingdom and once more England has become a province of the Latin world. But in the meantime, life goes on. Hair combed, beer brewed, bread baked, fuel found and a wise man will hold his tongue.

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King fears for his life

The Saxon Times 25th December 1066

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William Proclaims to be Reluctant King

Two days ago I talked with one of the City Magnates who was a member of the delegation that met with Duke William. He told me that “he prayed that Duke William would take the crown, pleading that they were accustomed to serve a king and wished only for a king to be their lord”. Even after just one day, he had begun to affect a Norman style of dress and manner, betraying his heritage for the sake of self-preservation.

Irony

There is a certain irony in the choice of West Minster Abbey, rather than St Paul’s. A Coronation at West Minster Abbey will finally lay to rest Duke William’s grievance with Harold Godwinson.

A Simple Coronation held today at West Minster Abbey

A short ceremony with little of the grandeur accustomed to coronations of the past. He will assume the title, William, King of England, Duke of Normandy.The English were subdued and grouped to one side and dominated by the greater numbers of Norman knights in attendance. Prominent was Bishop Odo and Count Robert of Mortain, the Bishops younger brother.

The Coronation

A full report of the coronation, and of the riot that followed, will appear in tomorrow’s edition of The Saxon Times.

Evening Update

At the reports of the riot most of the congregation fled. Only the bishops and a few clergy and monks remained, terrified in the sanctuary of the Abbey and with some difficulty the coronation was finally completed. The king was trembling from head to foot which shows how insecure the ‘Conquerors’ are. The Normans are bullies, skilled in violent retribution, barbarity and summary justice. It does not bode well for the future of what was once Saxon England.

An extract from The Saxon Times Resources dated 22nd December 1066 Issue 57, also available in A4 paperback covering 1066.

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Treachery at the Ludgate

THE SAXON TIMES: 22ND DECEMBER 1066

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London has Fallen

 

The Battle of Ludgate Hill

Two days ago a collaborator opened the Ludgate to the Norman invaders.

In the Battle of Ludgate Hill that followed countless Londoners were slain. It was one final play to deter the Normans from the city, one final glorious act of bravado but it lacked any form of common sense. Although outmanoeuvred and misled, these brave Saxons believed that it would be better to die than to submit to Norman yoke.

Castle to Be Built

Late on 21st December, the city fell and is now under the complete control of Norman soldiers. The city has been occupied by Duke William’s men and their first act is to begin construction of a new motte. It will be built in a commanding position securing both the river crossing and the river itself.

The site chosen is close to London Bridge and the castle will be built inside the city walls. It is intended to dominate the city.

It will be a landmark of Norman supremacy and control over Anglo-Saxon England.

An extract from The Saxon Times Resources dated 22nd December 1066 Issue 56, also available in A4 paperback covering 1066.

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Fear and Terror Sweeps London

The Final Days

THE SAXON TIMES 20TH DECEMBER 1066

We have followed the progress of the Norman Army from Hastings to the very gates of London itself and we will now be privy to the final days of Saxon England. It is a dynasty that has survived for 600 years, since the Battle of Aylesford, but its days are numbered.

The Duke’s Army have laid waste to the South by hostile sword what they have not ravaged by fire and summary justice. I pray that the nation’s death throes will herald a new and glorious future.

Fear and Terror Sweeps London

The march from Hertford has proved uneventful and the Duke’s men are now encamped around the city walls. The Duke himself has taken up residence in King Edward’s Hall at West Minster and, despite his assurances to Ansgar, he has given instructions for siege engines to be constructed.

The skirmishes outside the northern city walls are all designed to raise the level of fear, publicity stunts really.

Occasionally, there is more Anglo-Saxon menace, stronger yet resistance is futile and reprisals are immediate.

It saddens me to say that Duke William has emerged as the only strong leader that can take this country forward and preserve the integrity of this island. It is a bitter pill to swallow but we are better off without the Witan and the Earls Edwin and Morcar.

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An extract from The Saxon Times Resources dated 22nd December 1066 Issue 56, also available in A4 paperback covering 1066.

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A bitter pill to swallow just before Christmas

Feverish Activity to Avert the Siege of London

THE SAXON TIMES 18TH DECEMBER 1066

Duke William has already established a makeshift ‘court’ within Hertford Castle and his Knights have requisitioned surrounding houses for the constant meetings and discussions. Over the last few days, your reporters have watched carefully for any indication of how the Normans intend to lay siege to London. Our efforts in watching the castle, almost day and night, are rewarded when Ansgar, Sheriff of London is espied entering the Castle presumably for a secret meeting with Duke William.

Abject Ansgar

“With the Normans closing in on London, Edgar the Atheling’s key supporters behind the city walls are keen to open negotiations with Duke William of Normandy. They are mindful of the destruction of the South in the wake of William’s advance and the need to preserve the City and protect its inhabitants. We have no other choice. The Duke has allowed me to return to London asking that the city’s magnates come to him at Westminster and surrender themselves and the city.”

If what Ansgar said is true, then the capitulation of England is complete. The City has been surrendered and London and England are now seemingly lost.

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An extract from The Saxon Times Resources dated 22nd December 1066 Issue 56, also available in A4 paperback covering 1066.

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London is Doomed

The Saxon Times 27TH November 1066

 

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Normans Advance On London

Once again, the Duke issues orders to divide his army to subdue and conquer more of Saxon England. Detachments of Norman troops are sent to control the roads near Cambridge, St. Neots, and Stony Stratford.

Today, the main Norman army moves north along the old Icknield Way, one of the oldest roads in England. The Duke intends to advance into Hertfordshire, first to St Albans and then on to Hertford where the army will regroup for the final assault on London from the north.It is unlikely that there will any resistance, following the Berkhamsted submissions and the tensions of battle have eased from the knights and the men.

One would hope that there will be less barbarity as claims are made for a slice of the wealth of the country – they would not wish to destroy estates that one day may be theirs.

An extract from The Saxon Times Resources dated 30th November 1066 Issue 55, also available in A4 paperback covering 1066.

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Cart for Sale–Good Runner

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“I’m leaving Saxon England. There’s no future for me here. I was at the Battle of Senlac Hill and I’ve seen the Norman barbarity first hand.”

Eadwig was talking to our roving Reporter explaining the reason for the sale of his cart and his livelihood.

Eadwig added “I’ve done all my training, I’m good with a sword and I hear that the Byzantines want men like me. I’m off to seek my fortune”

An extract from The Saxon Times Resources dated 30th November 1066 Issue 55, also available in A4 paperback covering 1066.

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