Month: July 2016

THE BATTLE OF THE STANDARD

The Standard, Battle of 1138

THE BATTLE OF THE STANDARD – THE ANARCHY 22nd August 1138 SUMMARY This was a battle fought between David I of Scotland and an English army raised by Archbishop Thurstan of York. The battle was named because the English fought round a wagon bearing the banners of the northern saints. —-oOo—- BACKGROUND After the death of Henry […]

Exeter, Siege of 1068

Exeter, Siege of 1068

THE SIEGE OF EXETER Autumn 1068 SUMMARY Harold Godwinson’s mother, Gytha had enlisted the support of the people of Exeter and they vowed to resist the rule of William I —-oOo—- BACKGROUND William Duke of Normandy had conquered England in 1066, winning the Battle of Hastings and killing King Harold II (Godwinson) and been crowned King […]

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