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Landøyðan – A Bird in the Hand…

Of the various methods Vikings employed to plant fear in the guts of their enemies, perhaps none would have been as visually striking as the raven banner–a sort of warcloth flown by many famous Norsemen, particularly during the 9th through 11th centuries. From surviving accounts and a few visual depictions such as the one at […]

Happy 935th Birthday to Mstislav I of Kiev

On this day, June 1, in the year 1076, the Battle of Hastings was nearly ten years in the past for Gytha of Wessex. At that battle, her father Harold Godwineson was slain, ending his short-lived stint as King of England and ushering in the reign of the Norman duke who defeated him, a man […]

Halley’s Comet – Part 2 (1066)

This is the second in a series of posts about the storied history of Halley’s Comet (officially designated 1P/Halley). If you missed Part One, you can still read it here. The 1066 apparition of 1P/Halley was described in contemporary accounts as four times the size of Venus and glowing nearly as brightly as the moon. […]

Prince William & 1066

I refer to the current prince, soon to marry Kate Middleton.  Unsurprisingly, the current British royals trace decent from the Norman, William the Conqueror, who in 1066 at the Battle of Hastings wrested the English crown from Harold Godwineson, last of the Anglo-Saxon kings.  Interestingly, William the Conqueror’s son, King Henry I, married a niece […]