Guides

King Arthur

I once spoke with the senior fiction editor at a New York publishing house who held the opinion that every decade there is ...Read Guide

The Knights Templar

Sir Brian de Bois-Guilbert, villain of Walter Scott’s Ivanhoe, early established the role of the Templar in historical fiction – a proud Christian ...Read Guide

Carol McGrath on Edith Swan-neck

Edith Swan-neck Shortly after The Battle of Hastings Eadgifu Swanneshals, known as Edith Swan-neck was brought to the field at Senlac by two ...Read Guide

Helen Hollick on Queen Alditha

Alditha – Harold’s Queen. Before he was crowned as King in January 1066, Harold Godwinesson had what we would now call a common law ...Read Guide

Tracy Borman on Matilda of Flanders

Matilda of Flanders In making his preparations to invade England, Duke William of Normandy had the full support of his ambitious wife, Matilda ...Read Guide

Justin Hill on the Unknown Soldiers

Unknown Soldiers of 1066 History – like memory – tends to fixate on the principal players, victors and casualties, and glosses over circumstantial details and many ...Read Guide

Sarah Bower on the Nazis and the Bayeux Tapestry

October 14th 2011 marks the 945th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings. At least one reason why this date stays in our minds is ...Read Guide

Stewart Binns on Edgar the Atheling

The Great Survivor Edgar the Atheling and 1066 It is difficult to decide whether Edgar the Atheling was fortunate or unfortunate to be only ...Read Guide

Elizabeth Chadwick on Edward of Salisbury

EDWARD OF SALISBURY: A look at an unknown player who survived 1066 EDWARD OF SALISBURY: WHO?  That is what I would like to know ...Read Guide

James Aitcheson on William fitz Osbern

James Aitcheson is the author of Sworn Sword, first in a new series of novels about the aftermath of 1066. “Better than the very ...Read Guide