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The Battle of Hastings 1066 - The Uncomfortable Truth: Revealing the True Location of England's Most Famous Battle Hardcover – 26 Oct 2012

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Pen & Sword Books Ltd (26 Oct. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848848277
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848848276
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.3 x 23.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 513,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Not only does it pose the challenging question where the Battle of Hastings was fought, it is also a gripping account of the run-up to and the battle itself and I did find it an enjoyable read. I love also the guide through the almost impenetrable who's' who of the claimants of the throne at that time." Howard Leader BBC Lincolnshire & BBC Humberside "The book bowls along and is a real page turner" History Today

About the Author

John Grehan has written or contributed to more than sixty books, magazines and journals covering a large span of military history from the Iron Age to the present war in Afghanistan.This is his third book in collaboration with Martin Mace. He has been part of the editorial team of Britain at War Magazine since its inception in 2007. Martin Mace has been involved in writing and publishing military history for more than twenty years. He began his career with local history, writing a book on the Second World War anti-invasion defences in West Sussex. Following the success of this book, he established Historic Military Press, which has published a wide range of titles. Having launched Britain at War Magazine, he has been its editor since the first issue in May 2007.


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I bought this book thinking it was going to be a sensationalist rant declaring that everyone has got history wrong and only the authors could divine the truth. How wrong I was. Not only do they present a well-reasoned argument they pay respect to other historians. Instead of damning the work of others, they use those works to reinforce their arguments. It is well-written and, believe it or not, actually a bit humorous in parts. I read the book all the way through in three days and to be honest I could hardly put it down.
The big question is, do I think they are right? Yes I really do. And next weekend I'm off to Battle to look at the ground for myself. This book has revived my interest in this period of history. If you think you know all about the Battle of Hastings, believe me until you have read this, you haven't!
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This book presents a thorough and well argued challenge to current convention on the site of the battle of Hastings, 14th October, 1066. The writers make their case that the true site of the battle is one mile to the north west of the current site on Caldbec Hill. They explore different types of evidence to enforce this challenge such as topographical considerations and features of the landscape referred to in written accounts of the battle, the dearth in archaeological material from and inadequacies of the current battle site for the strategic defensive stance of the English army.

On a side note the book provides a very useful overview of the differen historical schools of thought on aspects of the battle itself. It will be interesting to see whether this book brings a landmark shift in historical opinion on the site of the Battle of Hastings.
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Whilst not perfect in some of the arguments put forward that the Battle of Hastings was fought on Caldbec Hill rather than Battle Hill, this book does provide a lot of food for thought. I think the only real way of knowing is by excavating on and around Caldbec Hill to try and find some artefacts from the day; nothing has been found on Battle Hill, so unless they were good at cleaning-up after battles in those days (were the Normans afraid that they massacred most of the English elite so they destroyed the evidence?!!), some artefacts would have surfaced over the years of building on the site. We are talking about a line of troops half a mile long, at least 7000 on each side. That was no skirmish!

Ultimately though, we'll never really know as nothing was written down, no photographs were taken at the time of the battle, no TV cameras were there to record the battle taking place. We just have a pretty wall-hanging (Bayeux Tapestry) that can't be taken literally (it was produced by the victors and anyone who knows military history will know that the victor always shows the "facts" in their favour), a few writings from monks (the only people who could write in those days, but they weren't there, so how did they know what happened?).

Interesting reading about how different people piece all this together though.
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The book is very repetitive. Throughout the book the author`s seek to disprove the accepted site of the Battle of Hasting from a very realistic tactical basis. However, the author`s failure to positively identify the burial site of those who fell in the battle somewhat negates the reason for the book.

As one who identified the site of Mons Graupius, the Scottish equivalentof Hastings, but between the Romans and the Caledonians
by the presence of the graves, I failed to understand why the authors failed to use similar techniques (magnetic anomaly or ground radar) to identify the Hastings burials and hence the battle site. I offered such a survey (free) following reading the book, it was ignored.
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I found the book a bit frustrating because it was too long and with insufficient detail, in my view, as to why there appears to have been a mistake made in siting the original battle.
In addition, I would have liked to hear of any discoveries made of artefacts at the alternative site.
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A well-written book that is very enjoyable to read. Unfortunately anyone with a bit of knowledge about the source material for the Norman Conquest will know their claim that The Chronicle of Battle Abbey is the only document that identifies the battle site as being on Battle hill is simply not the case. They discuss the historian Wace but inexplicably fail to mention that he specifically says that Harold set up his standard where the Abbey now is and later that William set up an Abbey on the site of the Battle. They cite version E of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle but don't mention that it says that on the very spot where God granted William the conquest of England he caused a great abbey to be built. I think that specific statements like this certainly have to at least be taken account of and this book really should have done so. I also reckon that the argument that the abbey was put where it was for defensive purposes is a bit far-fetched - surely the Normans would have built a motte-and-bailey castle.
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I read this with great interest but the evidence he gave to support his hypothesis was a little thin on the ground. He used the same few arguments but repeated them a few times to support his case against opposing arguments. Maybe if an archaeological dig had found evidence to back his proposed location before he published, then maybe his argument would have been more convincing. This all sounds a little negative, but it is not intended to be - he did get me questioning the 'official' story. This was a book with a fantastic idea and reasonable hypothesis but he needed just a little more evidence (that maybe just not found yet) to back his arguments - maybe the same book with a little more evidence released in a few years time might make for a more convincing hypothesis.

The reason I gave this a 4 star rating is because it got me thinking and researching a bit more on my own - an inspiration for a few weeks.
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