Tuesday, September 27, 2011

From the Somme River toward England

‘…While things were in this state, William, the Duke of Normandy, and the leader of that valiant people, whose ancestors had conquered that province, began, upon the death of good King Edward the Confessor, to consider the season as favourable for an attempt to conquer the wealthy kingdom of England- and pretended King Edward had named him his heir; but his surest reliance was upon a strong army….’

On September 27, 1066, the event Walter Scott is leading to in his “Tales of a Grandfather” began to take place.  On that date, William the Conqueror left from the Somme River on his way to conquering England.

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