On 14th October 1066, one of the most decisive battles in world history took place on a hill near the English Channel in the county of Sussex. On one side, the army of Harold King of England, depleted and tired after a brutal battle with a Viking invasion force in Yorkshire just days before, and the long march south. On the other, William the Bastard of Normandy.
Had Harold won – and he nearly did – then English would today be much closer to Dutch, and all sorts of historical events that shaped the modern world may never have taken place.
It was certainly a dark day for the English, who became hewers of wood and drawers of water for a new, arrogant, cut-off elite….