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Sunday, June 05, 2011

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Martin Lake

Hi David,

What a marvellous site. I wish I'd discovered it before I wrote my historical novels about Edgar Atheling. It would have saved me months of research.

I'd love to link your site to my blog if that's OK with you.
Martin Lake

The History of England

Hi Martin - thanks very much, nice of you to say so !
Superb idea doing a novel about Edgar - what a fascinating life. What's the title?

I have a plan to do a set of brief biographies on the blog about lesser known figures I've liked - Edgar, Wulfstan, Wulfstan, Ranulph Flambard . . .but never seem to have enough time. So if you'd like to contribute one I'd happily put it up on the site and link it to your blog. And yes, sure do go ahead and link !
David

Simon Thomas

David,

Can I point you to The Chap magazine and it's occassional series 'War D'Oeuvre', an amusing retelling of key battles of UK history using the dinner service. It's Battle of Hastings re-enactment includes the following line:
“Invite your audience to enter into the Duke of Normandy’s mind: since strength and courage have failed, he thinks, all that remains is to cheat. The stout, honest Saxons will never anticipate continental guile. These are, after all, the very beginnings of British history. It will be centuries before the fundamental untrustworthiness of foreigners is taken for granted.”

It also suggests that if you are having trouble with all the French names, just use wine regions or grape varieties in combination with either Robert or Hugh, eg Robert,Count of Burdandy, Hugh de Chablis, Robert the White. This will also come in handy for the 100 Years War.

Anyway, keep up the good work. Back to Richard I for me.

J-bronx

David,

I've just started listening to your podcast and I've reached 1066. Like you I am a bit sad to be leaving behind those weird Anglo-Saxons but at least I will be able to spell the Norman names!

Anyway the reason I am posting is that your reference to an untamed forest in Sussex that the Norman army had to be wary of caught my imagination. What was the name of this place? It sounded like 'wheer' to me but I could'nt quite catch it. Could you let me know the name and point me in the direction of any good resources you might know?

Thanks for all the hardwork on the podcast. I look forward to one day getting up to date with it!

J-bronx

The History of England

Hi... It's the Weald. Once upon a time an impenetrable forest populated by robbers and outlaws, now populated by stockbrokers. Wikipedia does a good job...http://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Weald

ooh, and thanks for listening!

j-bronx

Cheers

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