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Looking for Harold? He’s under the bed.

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Coronation of Harold

The history books record that on 14 October 1066, Harold was brutally hacked to death by four Norman knights, after being struck by an arrow to his eye. The scenes of Harold gripping the arrow were later depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry.

Archaeologists will now explore a claim that the king survived the battle and lived as a hermit until he died of natural causes in his eighties – about 40 years after the battle.

via We found Dick, now let’s find Harry: After Richard III’s remains were found in a Leicester car park, the hunt is on for King Harold – News – Archaeology – The Independent.

Today is the anniversary of the Battle of Hastings!

I have a manuscript under the bed (metaphorically) which touched on Harold having survived the battle, though it wasn’t the main plot of the story. Maybe someday I’ll bring it out & see what I can do with it.

In the meantime, I’m doubtful about how this search will turn out. Looking for someone who died four centuries earlier than Richard III who may not have even died at the time or place he was supposed to makes the whole thing just a tiny bit more complicated & much harder to prove even if they find a body.