Secrets of the Norman Invasion

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Secrets of the Norman Invasion is the work of an independent scholar, Nick Austin, to detail the events associated with the Norman invasion, especially the actual landing site of the Normans upon crossing the channel to England. According to the author:

Over the last six years I have tried to read everything important associated with Norman landings and the battle and have spent many months carrying out detailed searches of the documents contemporary with the battle. I have become increasingly alarmed at the discrepancies between the texts and the lie of the land where the landings were supposed to have taken place. In this work I attempt to explain how all these discrepancies can be reconciled only if the contextual references are applied to a landing site different from Pevensey.

The text that follows is divided into two parts. The first part deals with the clues to the landing site contained in the contemporary source documents, whilst the second part looks at the physical evidence thrown up by surveys, aerial photographs, field walking and archaeological work.

There is lots of information here, and the author does a nice job with referencing actual contemporary accounts of the event. I’ve only read bits and pieces so far. It will take me a while to get through it all. Just thought I would share with others that might be interested in the Norman invasion of England.

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