The history books record that on 14 October 1066, Harold was brutally hacked to death by four Norman knights, after being struck by an arrow to his eye. The scenes of Harold gripping the arrow were later depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry.
Archaeologists will now explore a claim that the king survived the battle and lived as a hermit until he died of natural causes in his eighties – about 40 years after the battle.
Today is the anniversary of the Battle of Hastings!
I have a manuscript under the bed (metaphorically) which touched on Harold having survived the battle, though it wasn’t the main plot of the story. Maybe someday I’ll bring it out & see what I can do with it.
In the meantime, I’m doubtful about how this search will turn out. Looking for someone who died four centuries earlier than Richard III who may not have even died at the time or place he was supposed to makes the whole thing just a tiny bit more complicated & much harder to prove even if they find a body.
There’s a story behind this. Too bad there’s probably no way to find out just what it is at this point (I’m not sure I want to go digging through hundred-year-old court documents even if they’re available).
I’m sure there was probably more going on between Mr. John and Mr. Ward than a simple matter of getting one to kiss President Wilson’s picture. I can imagine a long, possibly (hopefully?) friendly, political rivalry going on between the two neighbors. I wonder whether this ended the shenanigans or escalated them.
I find the mention of the balloon interesting. How many of us would bother to comment on this in our diaries today? But in JQA’s day, this was probably akin to what a Space Shuttle or other rocket launch is for us.
Ballooning had been around for about 30 years in 1814, so it wasn’t entirely new, but it wasn’t an everyday event. I think hot air balloons (in Adams’ case, it may have been filled with gas) are still novel enough that we stop & point them out when we see them (at least I do) but they’re probably not noteworthy enough to be one of the main things we mark down about our day.
Last week, the temporary display welcomed its landmark 100,000th visitor, having opened only six months ago.