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The Song of the Norman Conquest: A new translation of the earliest account of the Norman Conquest Paperback – 25 Sep 2013

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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (25 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1492820202
  • ISBN-13: 978-1492820208
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.1 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
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The author has updated the book by using the first ever high resolution digital photographs of the earliest surviving example of the Carmen in the Royal Belgian Library to produce a clear and authoritative text. The original Latin script is very small and hard to read, so this new digital method has revealed a number of formerly obscure passages. This version of the book gives just the English translation (there is another edition which gives both the original Latin and English translations together) and she has attempted to produce a text that it intelligible to the modern reader and not just to medieval Latin scholars.

Her conclusions are quite amazing and are given in the copious footnotes to each page. In short:
* The author believes that William landed at Winchelsea rather than at Pevensey
* The Normans later captured both Pevensey and Hastings in a raid
* The Normans built their wooden fort on the strand at Winchelsea
* Harold camped at Appledore and then marched along the ridgeway road towards Seddlescombe
* He was intercepted by the Norman Army moving along the ridge from Winchelsea to Icklesham to Seddlescombe, crossing the river Brede here and then marching north.
* The Battle of Hastings therefore too place north east of Battle on the ridges around the current village of Brede.
* Harold was slain by four knights and his dismembered body was buried on the cliffs above the Norman camp ie at Winchelsea.
* The current Battle Abbey was sited at Battle so that the monks could gain their rightful curtilage as William has sworn to restore a former abbey in the area that had been destroyed by Harold years before. This clash of curtilgae explains the moving of the site.

An excellent book that is keenly priced
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HASH(0x938462f4) out of 5 stars This was a very easy to read translation and I found it to be ... 13 Sept. 2015
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This was a very easy to read translation and I found it to be excellent commentary also. The author did acknowledge that her understandings are not necessary correct, but they seemed largely logical.
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