February 26, 2016 by brennon
It’s time for a bit of proper History news. The site of the rematch battle between Harold Godwinson’s sons and the conquering Norman army has been found in a field between Appledore and Northam in Devon. The rematch took place in 1069…
The discovery was made by the writer of the Horrible Science series of books, Nick Arnold, and experts have said that his find might be quite significant. Harold’s family had fled to Ireland after the Battle of Hastings and they returned at the head of a host of mercenaries and more looking to get payback for their father’s death.
Brian of Brittany faced off against these mercenaries and loyal followers with his own army of Normans, Bretons and English soldiers. In all around 3,000 people died in the resulting clash which – as you can imagine – didn’t end well for the sons.
Why is this important for us? Well, this gives us a chance to actually play out the battle and see if we can rewrite history! Could you see the sons return victorious and defeat the waiting Norman army?
Does this stir the ‘gaming in the gaps’ urge?
"Why is this important for us? Well, this gives us a chance to actually play out the battle and see if we can rewrite history!"