From The Page (April, 2006):
Dead on January 5, in the Year of Our Lord 1066, is Edward king, of Angles lord, his steadfast soul sent to Christ. In the kingdom of God a holy spirit! He in the world here abode awhile, in the kingly throng of council sage. Four and twenty winters wielding the sceptre freely, wealth he dispensed. Until suddenly came the bitter Death and this king so dear snatched from the earth. Angels carried his soul sincere into the light of heaven. But the pmdent king had settled the realm on high-bom men -on Harold himself, the noble earl; who in every season faithfully heard and obeyed his lord, in word and deed; nor gave to any what might be wanted by the nation's king. (Excerpted in part from the epitaph of Edward the Confessor)
But lo! Others lay kingly claim to throne yet warm from saintly life - mighty Hardrada swears vengeance such as shall lay Saxon rivers red with the tears of wounds, leaving the ravens a rich Saxon feast should any oppose him as king; and William, Norman bastard, cousin to heaven bound Edward, calls upon ancient oaths naming William king as of right, spoken by the king and home by Harold himself, who did bind himself by oath sacred upon saintly relic to bear witness to William's latent claim, and who hath thereby wrought for himself eternal damnation, may mercy find him still.
No claimant shall be denied, yet one only shall prevail. Timely violence and the changing of the world is upon us. Seek sanctuary where you may, else sharpen sword, ax and spear and march! The armies land north and south - seek out the tempest if you be of stalwart heart. Combat Restrictions: weapons and shields appropriate to 1066 only, 7 1/2 foot limit, no archery. Camping shall be divided into period and non-period areas. All proceeds shall be donated to the Cartmel Priory Trust.
Site Information: We will be at Nelson's Grove / (address omitted) / Woodland CA 95695. Site opens at 5 pm on Friday and closes at 3 pm on Sunday. Fees are $25/person, $40/couple, $10/child, $60/family cap (couple plus minor children); price includes admittance, Saturday sideboard lunch, Saturday feast, and Sunday breakfast.
Participation is limited to 200 persons, on a first-come first-served basis. Upon reaching capacity, the gate will be locked and no additional persons admitted. Reservations may be forwarded with advance payment to the autocrat. Reservations will be held only with advance payment.
Autocrat: Stephen of Greenwood (contact info omitted).
Description of this event (if any), taken from The Page, or from memory of at least one person who attended the event.
The West Kingdom History Website was created by and is maintained by Hirsch von Henford (mka Ken Mayer).