What Did William The Conqueror Look Like?

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What Did William The Conqueror Look Like? We can never know for sure. However, one eminent scholar writing in 1964, David C. Douglas, thought an 18th-century copy of a 16th-century portrait might provide the closest thing to an actual glimpse … Continue reading

The Conqueror and the Comet

The Conqueror and the Comet We know as Halley’s Comet the “long-haired star” that is pictured on the Bayeux Tapestry. Visible over England in the spring of 1066, it was widely regarded as an omen, though whether it was thought … Continue reading

Westminister Spider – Update

According to BuzzFeed, September 24, 2014, if it was ever hard to spot a Segestria florentina spider, it isn’t now: http://www.buzzfeed.com/alanwhite/britain-is-being-invaded-by-green-fanged-spiders-of-death-bu#17uhqsb In Search of Westminster Abbey’s Spider During my visit to the crypt of Westminster Abbey years ago, a nice … Continue reading

Did William The Conqueror Have PTSD?

DID WILLIAM THE CONQUEROR HAVE PTSD? ‘Nobody can understand, ‘cept maybe another ‘Nam vet.’- Vietnam veteran, quoted in Jonathan Shay, Achilles in Vietnam, 1994 If William the Conqueror had PTSD­­­­––post-traumatic stress disorder––and recovered in any measure from it, an important … Continue reading

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