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Matt G




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PostPosted: Sun 10 Dec, 2006 6:15 pm    Post subject: Essential Norman Conquest website         Reply with quote

Surfing around this evening, I came upon a sub-site of Osprey Publishing. It was new to me so, I thought I'd pass it on for others who may not have seen it yet.

www.essentialnormanconquest.com

The site has some interesting features like a progressive battle map of Hastings, 360 panoramic views of the battlefield today and audio clips of Saxon English and Norman French.

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Joel Chesser




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PostPosted: Sun 10 Dec, 2006 7:31 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Ooh wow. That is really cool. Thanks for sharing.
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M. Eversberg II




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PostPosted: Sun 10 Dec, 2006 10:19 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Thanks for sharing, though is anyone else having problems with the sound? Might just be FireFox...

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Patrick Kelly




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PostPosted: Mon 11 Dec, 2006 4:01 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

I just gave it a quick look over and found at least nine or ten factual errors that have been supplanted by more recent research. Mainly in some of the terminology. I also have a few issues with the way in which the Norman miles and the Saxon huscarl are portrayed in the clothing section: the miles shouldn't have full-length sleeves on his hauberk, nor should he be wearing a small knife at his belt, etc. Neither of these things are substantiated by period sources for 1066. He also has a rather long grip on his sword, ala a later period longsword. Definite no-no for 1066. The huscarl is shown with a round shield, whereas this type is in the distinct minority on the Bayeaux Tapestry, our primary visual resource for Hastings.

I like the way it's laid out but I'd be very careful about using it as a primary resource for this battle. As with the Osprey books from which the information is taken, it contains a lot of old info and misinformation.
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Steve Grisetti




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PostPosted: Mon 11 Dec, 2006 4:57 pm    Post subject:         Reply with quote

Patrick Kelly wrote:
... I like the way it's laid out but I'd be very careful about using it as a primary resource for this battle. As with the Osprey books from which the information is taken, it contains a lot of old info and misinformation.
The site seems like a useful resource as an overview, though, as long as it's taken with a grain of salt.
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