OT: Battle of Hastings

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri Oct 26 23:35:21 UTC 2012

On Fri, Oct 26, 2012 at 8:56 AM, Jonathan Lighter
<wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com> wrote:
> Nowadays it's the battle of "Poitiers."



Well, in any case, _Carles_ [karles] was an _oc_-speaker and the
battle took place in a town that still retains vestiges of its
original _oc_ speech.

And that "10,000" is a problem for me, too. That's a *lot* of men to
waste on a single battle on a single day in 1066. That approximates
the size of a modern U.S. Army division minus its support troops. How
could they have come up with such a huge number of fighters? Ca. 1050,
the entire population of London was only about 12,000 men, women, and

Maybe you had to be there.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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