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Battle Abbey in the Wrong Place?

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Battle Abbey in the Wrong Place?

Post by Rowan » Thu October 25th, 2012, 4:58 pm

The site of where the Battle of Hastings has been commemorated for the last 1,000 years is in the wrong place, it has been claimed.

Ever since the 1066 battle that led to the Norman Conquest, history has recorded the event as happening at what is now Battle Abbey in the East Sussex town.

But although some 10,000 men are believed to have been killed in the historic conflict, no human remains or artifacts from the battle have ever been found at the location.

This has given rise to several historians to examine alternative sites for the battle that was a decisive victory for William the Conqueror and saw the death of King Harold.

Now historian and author John Grehan believes he has finally found the actual location - on a steep hill one mile north west of Battle.
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Post by annis » Fri October 26th, 2012, 8:50 am

Interesting stuff, but the theory that Caldbec Hill was the true battle site is not a new one - Jim Bradbury came up with this hypothesis in his 2005 book about the Battle of Hastings.
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