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    David E P Dennis
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    Kathleen Tyson is the author of the very latest full translation of the Carmen de Hastingas Proelio. She is working with Kings College right now on a further translation to be published later this year. This document is a poem written as the closest description of the Battle of Hastings – the earliest source and recently backed as being truth not fiction by respected historians (Stenton and Muntz).

    We have been in email correspondence about the location of the shore harbour of William the Bastard (aka Conqueror). I have shown that it must be in the Appledore estuary (flooded by raised sea level of around 10 metres back in 1066) because the Victorians mistook ‘Apuldre’ for hoar or grey apple tree when in fact it was Appledore (not far from Castle Toll Viking base) – and she is certain that the final location of the battle and graves will be on the inner slope below Icklesham into the Brede Valley.

    The point of this post is that Caesar’s boats were wrecked by storms because he landed on seaward beaches – but William, although he lost some ships in transit (covering up the burials of drowned crew), landed on the protected inner shore of the estuary called back then Hastigas and Pevenisel (hence the Victorian mistake of thinking that modern Pevensey and Normans Bay (under water back then) was the place William landed at. There was no town at Hastings in 1066. Pevensey (Anderida) was just a ruin at the edge of a massive flooded marsh (Pevensey level now). We need to get used to the idea that Battle Abbey was built much later – not just after the battle.

    A section of the Bayeux Tapestry shows estuarine calm sea with men on horses facing it. The Saxons fought on foot. The Anglo-Saxon Chronicle says that Harold tried to take William by surprise – coming down from Waltham Abbey where he had prayed – to the coast. It makes absolute sense for the Norman fleet to choose a safe and calm estuary with very low wave amplitude.

    There will be a formal challenge to English Heritage who have spent a fortune on Battle Abbey visitor’s centre and guided walks at Senlac when all the time the real landing and battle took place at Senlach (Sandy Loch) on the Icklesham downslope of the Apuldre estuary on the coast called Hastigas and Pevenisel.

    More soon as this battle for truth develops!

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