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William the Conqueror, King Harrold, War, and Romance

Destination: England (11th Century)

Book: The Handfasted Wife by Carol McGrath (NEW December 2013)

William the Conqueror
Detail from Bayeux Tapestry

I have long been fascinated with the time of the Norman Conquest in England when William the Conqueror defeated King Harrold. Most of the things I have read about that period centered on the Normans, and of course when I visited Bayeux, France and saw the magnificent Bayeux tapestry, I was totally brainwashed about the magnificent deeds of William the Conqueror. The Handfasted Wife attracted me because the cover is adorned with a bit of the Bayeux tapestry, but even more because here is the story not only told from the English point of view, but centered on the effect the Battle of Hastings and its aftermath had on women. The book’s cover picture shows a mansion being burned by the invaders and a woman and child fleeing. Continue reading William the Conqueror, King Harrold, War, and Romance

More WWW Wandering


Just in case you miss the addition of these two guest posts lower down on the page….

Travel Wonders of the World features my awe on seeing the  The Bayeux Tapestry and several of my photographs from Bayeux.

At Your Life Is A Trip, I talk about an experience I had at a pueblo, while gathering material for Quincy Tahoma: The Life and Legacy of a Navajo Artist.

Hope you enjoy both of these.

William the Conqueror and Me in Bayeux


My friend Donna, whose blog My Itchy Travel Feet talks about Baby Boomer adventure travel,  hosts my description of a visit to Bayeux, France. I am sharing some pictures here, but see the article for more details. Continue reading William the Conqueror and Me in Bayeux