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An Antique Drum [Oct. 15th, 2017|05:50 pm]
Tony Grist
The Battle of Hastings is now fought annually- and we were there for yesterday's re-enactment. We had flags to wave- I bought one for each team and shouted "Normandie!" and "Godwinsson!" indiscriminately. My granddaughter asked me which were the goodies and I said they both had points in their favour. I reckon that after a thousand years (nearly) all English people must have both Norman and Saxon blood running in their veins.

As Eliot said about a much later conflict,

"We cannot revive old factions...
Or follow an antique drum.
These men and those who opposed them
Accept the constituency of silence
And are folded in a single party."

Incidentally, when the battle was over and the survivors and resurrected dead marched past to applause I was pleased to see that a goodish percentage of them were women.





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[User Picture]From: puddleshark
2017-10-15 05:32 pm (UTC)
A wonderful post! Thank you.

I'm glad they had good weather for their annual Battle of Hastings.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-10-15 08:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks.

It was overcast-but warm most of the afternoon, and as you can see the sun came out once in a while.
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[User Picture]From: pondhopper
2017-10-15 08:32 pm (UTC)
What a great re-enactment!

I like the photos very much.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2017-10-16 07:41 am (UTC)
Thanks.
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