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Good evening; my name is Joan and before I ask my questions I want to say I'm not an english native speaker, and eventhough I'm studying english I might make lots of mistakes.

My father is writing an epic novel (I just want to say it has nothing to do with anything that has been written so far), and it ends with the Battle of Hastings. Due to the fact we're from Argentina, it's very difficult for us to find information about this battle and we don't want to make mistakes about dates and facts.
So I will ask few questions, and I'll be more than grateful if you could help me

1- Did Peavensey (where William landed) had a different name back in 1066?
2- What conection (if any) was between East Anglia and William? Did he have a particular battle with this region? If so, how was it?
3- I understand there were some who opposed to William. Who were they?
4- Did William really accept to "quit" to some pieces of land in order to stop fighting? (I have read this, that's why I ask)
5- Was William afraid of some Eduardos' heirs?
6- Is there a map that shows how William conquered England, step by step with dates?
7- In 1066 how did citizens call this battle?
8- It took place in Sandrock Field, according to what I read in this site. Is this accurate?
9- Did Peavensey'd Port had a particular name?

My father's novel takes place in East Anglia, that's the reason I'm interested in any information about East Anglia in 1066 you may have.

I thank you in advance for your answers and suggestions. And I apologize again for my bad english and my lack of knowledge.

Thank you very much.
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Hi Joan

These boards have died off in the past few years, but I'll attempt to answer some i might know...

William ''quitting'' land? is this the reference to him in 1069 allowing the huge danish fleet army- in alliance with Hereward and leading English rebels- to winter near York, so long as they sailed away in 1070?

Roger, Earl of Hereford plotted with his half-brother Ralf, Earl of East Anglia to overthrow King William
Also, William crushed a revolt in the Ely marshes in 1071.

Most Anglo-Saxons were opposed to the Normans, many revolts broke out from Autumn 1067-71.
Eadric the Wild and the Welsh rose in revolt and attacked the garrison at Hereford in 1069; as did Earl Waltheof, Edgar atheling and other leading surviving nobles at York that year.
Hereward and a Danish army in 1071 at Ely led a successful revolt.

'Hastings' in 1066 was soon afterwards called "santlache" or "senlac" - [sign in to see URL]

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Hello, HouseCarl 1066! Thank you for your answer. I was afraid this forum had died long ago, but I hoped someone would help me.
As I said before, it's really hard for latinamericans to get information about other countries' history. We study only Argentinian history, and some global facts (WWI and WWII, Greeks and Romans but nothing about England), and it's really sad but here in Argentina showing interest in English history is almost insulting, and thus it's impossible to find useful information at libraries. And I learned not to trust too much the internet.

What I'm more interested in are the months/weeks before the Hastings Battle, and the battle itself. The novel my father is writing is pretty fantastic, but having fantastic characters doesn't mean we can change history facts, such as dates.
As I said, it takes place at East Anglia. If you have any other information, I'd be really grateful.

Once again, thank you very much. And forgive my lousy english, I love this language and I study it but I still have a long way to go.

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Hi Joan

Your English is very good, it's a shame that Argentina seems quite Anglophobic and denying it's people alot of interesting World hitory. Is that because of the Falklands/Malvinas in 1982?

There are many good books by different authors on 1066 and about Harold and William. Search Amazon.

Regarding East Anglia, I think that in 1066 terms it was a backwater? In other words, out of the way, as events focused mostly upon London, Hastings (of course!) and York.

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Joan Haze,

Try Hereward by Victor Head,a fine book on him and East Anglia.
Also it is important to understand the divided kingdom that William the Conqueror [sign in to see URL] alliance that the Godwin family struck with Cnut following Danish rule earlier in the century made it untrustworthy to many [sign in to see URL] Godwineson,William's opponent,was linked to the Danish Court of Sweyn Esthrithsen,king of Denmark,and was half Danish [sign in to see URL] main allies Morcar and Edwin did not trust him due to his support for the exile of their father Aelfgar to whom they were devoted all their [sign in to see URL] were left to fight Harald Hardrada's invasion at Gate Fulford without any support from their nominal 'sovereign' Harold [sign in to see URL] remnants of their defeated army failed to support Godwineson significantly when he marched south to fight William's forces at [sign in to see URL] and Edwin did not fight at [sign in to see URL] were the leading earls in over half of the kingdom. A house divided always falls and that what allowed William to [sign in to see URL] course,there are other reasons too but they can be found on this superb chatboard.
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Yes that's basically true, to simplify a very complex topic! emoticon A divided England and two huge invasions in 1066 enabled William to become king.

Going back to East Anglia, also perhaps try these good books by esteemed author/historian Peter Rex about Hereward's revolts at Ely from 1069-71:-

Hereward: The Definitive Biography of the Famous English Outlaw Who Rebelled Against William the Conqueror.
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The English Resistance: The Underground War Against the Normans
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Three other essential books are:
William the Conqueror by David [sign in to see URL] Rufus the Red King by Emma Mason and William Rufus by Frank [sign in to see URL] merit of these works is that they provide actual and retrospective accounts of these turbulent times in an objective,perspicacious [sign in to see URL], in reviewing historical sources,it is as necessary to work backwards towards the time in question as well as forwards ie preceding that timeframe and then study the work pertaining to the actual timeframe pertinent.
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A list of possibilities with merit to look into...

Cnut: King of England 1016-35 - M.K Lawson
Cnut: Emperor of the North - [sign in to see URL]

The Battle of Hastings - Jim Bradbury
The Norwegian invasion of England in 1066 - Kelly DeVries
The Road to Hastings; The Politics of Power in Anglo-Saxon England - Paul Hill
House of Godwin - Emma Mason
1066; Year of the three battles - Frank McLynn
Harold: The Doomed Saxon King - Peter Rex
Harold, The Last Anglo-Saxon King - Ian. W. Walker
1066; Year of Destiny - Terence Wise
The Death of Anglo-Saxon England - [sign in to see URL]

William the Conqueror - David Bates
The Normans - David Douglas
The Normans: History of a Dynasty - David Crouch

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Some other worthy books: The Normans by Trevor Rowley,The Normans and the Norman Conquest by [sign in to see URL] Brown and The Normans In Their Histories by Emily Albu.
There is another book which has information couched in a negative anti-Norman way by [sign in to see URL] called "The English Resistance".I found it intellectually indigestible but if the researcher is looking for the so-called "other side of the story" it has a measure of interest.
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JoanHaze wrote:

Good evening; my name is Joan and before I ask my questions I want to say I'm not an english native speaker, and eventhough I'm studying english I might make lots of mistakes.

My father is writing an epic novel (I just want to say it has nothing to do with anything that has been written so far), and it ends with the Battle of Hastings. Due to the fact we're from Argentina, it's very difficult for us to find information about this battle and we don't want to make mistakes about dates and facts.
So I will ask few questions, and I'll be more than grateful if you could help me

1- Did Peavensey (where William landed) had a different name back in 1066?

9- Did Peavensey'd Port had a particular name?

My father's novel takes place in East Anglia, that's the reason I'm interested in any information about East Anglia in 1066 you may have.

I thank you in advance for your answers and suggestions. And I apologize again for my bad english and my lack of knowledge.

Thank you very much.



Joan, regarding the name 'Pevensey', David Mills stated it so-

The name Pevensey was first recorded in 947 as Pefenesea, meaning "River of [a man named] Pefen". It derives from the Anglo-Saxon personal name Pefen plus eã, "river", presumably a reference to the now largely silted-up Pevensey Haven

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