By Webteam - 24th April 2019 6:01am
A Portent of doom
On April 24th 1066, Halley's comet appeared in the evening sky and English hearts trembled — the previous appearance of the phenomenon in 989 had been followed by a Danish invasion, and the connection between it and invasion of the homeland had been firmly established in the English mind.
The Bayeux tapestry shows a group of Englishmen gesticulating fearfully towards the "long-haired star" while a spy reports to Harold on William's preparations for invasion.
So while King Harold dreamt uneasily of ghostly ships, William of Normandy was able to interpret the phenomenon as a prediction of success, and the rallying cry of the Norman army waiting patiently for fair winds to carry them across the Channel became "Nova stella, novus rex" (a new star, a new king).
Halley's comet and its predictable reappearances were not recognised as such (in the West anyway) until the work of Edmond Halley in the early years of the eighteenth century.
And of course, English fears in 1066 turned out to be quite justified, and the rest, as they say, is history....
popular recent storiesAlso in the news
Start of summer planting, it is such good fun -- you know you want to come down today and help out. Flags up.... Plants out for the Bride (and us!)Anyone free tomorrow -- we have Millennium bed planting needing your touch. And a little bit more besides. There will be coffee and chocolates.Many thanksSuzie...
All three pubs in the village will play an important part in the Festival.So that you can coordinate your drinking and listening to some of the great bands who are appearing at the Festival, please see below the schedule of performances at the Lord Combermere.Schedules for the Bridge Inn and the Shroppie Fly will follow over the next few days.The Lord Combermere..
Gift retailer, Williams of Audlem, has just scooped a retail "Oscar" for best Independent Gift Retailer of the Year for the UK's North, and Northern Ireland region. Pictured above is owner/ manager, Judy Evans receiving her trophy at the awards ceremony at the glittering Grosvenor House Hotel, London's Park Lane on May 15th.Hundreds of guests made a beeline to see the...
Friday 24th May
Scout and Guide Hall
Aston Methodist Hall