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The King Is Dead by ChrisRawlins The King Is Dead by ChrisRawlins
No man's a jester playing Shakespeare
Round your throne room floor
While the juggler's act is danced upon
The crown that you once wore

And sooner or later
Everybody's kingdom must end
And I'm so afraid your courtiers
Cannot be called best friends

And if my hands are stained forever
And the altar should refuse me
Would you let me in, would you let me in, would you let me in
Should I cry sanctuary

The king is dead, the king is dead
The king is dead, the king is dead
Long live the king

Lyrics:- The King Must Die (Elton John - 1969)


At four in the afternoon heavy English casualties from previous attacks meant that the front line was shorter. The Normans could now attack from the side. The few housecarls that were left were forced to form a small circle round the English standard. The Normans attacked again and this time they broke through the shield wall and Harold along with two of his brothers were killed.

According to tradition, Harold was killed by an arrow in the eye, but it is unclear if the victim depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry is intended to be Harold. Whether he did, indeed, die in this manner or was killed by the sword, will never be known. Harold's first wife, Ealdgyth Swan-neck, was called to identify the body, which she did by some private mark known only to herself.

The next day Harold's mother, Gytha, sent a message to William of Normandy offering him the weight of the king's body in gold if he would allow her to bury it. He refused, declaring that Harold should be buried on the shore of the land which he sought to guard.
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EmmetEarwax Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
According to a chronicle, William II of Normandy was accompanied by 4 knights, including Eustace II of the Big Moustache of Boulogne, when Harold II was felled. One of them was said to have castrated the body -and was sent home by William II in disgrace for having dishonored the body. A dead enemy, yes, but he had been a KING.

Eustace II is seen having a moustache on the tapestry. His ancestry is not certain,and even a Merovingian ancestry was invented for him ! He may far more likely have been of Flemish counts.

True to his promises, William II gave lands and titles to all (save that one man) who were alive at the close of the battle.
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EmmetEarwax Featured By Owner Aug 2, 2010  Hobbyist Writer
Filthy program !

So much is uncertain. Where Harold II finally was buried is debated. He MAY hav finally been interred in a cathedral. William had an abbey built hard by the field of battle and around it grew the town of Battle.

One story has him surviving and living out his days as a monk in Chester.

Another Gytha, his daughter by either Swan-neck or a mistress, was said to have been married off to Vladimir II of Russia. One of the queens of England was thus a descendant of her through Russia, Hungary, France and England.
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Mikoyan Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2008
YAAARRR NOT ME LEFT EYE AGAIN :X
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davincipoppalag Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2008  Hobbyist General Artist
Nicely done Chris
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