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The Bellinghman
Date: 2006-09-25 12:26
Subject: On this day
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Some 940 years ago, a Viking got a spear up his jacksie, and the end of an era ensued.

Or, in other words, the Battle of Stamford Bridge happened, when the last Viking army of consequence got comprehensively stomped by the last Anglo-Saxon king, shortly before he himself got killed by a bunch of Normans down at Hastings.

Given that the Normans were also of Viking stock, does this count as History's first rebranding exercise?

(Oh, how wonderfully right - the spell checker doesn't know 'jacksie', so suggests 'backside'.)
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User: ewx
Date: 2006-09-25 11:49 (UTC)
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Arguably Edgar the Atheling was the last Anglo-Saxon king l-)

Don't the post-1066 attacks count, e.g. 1069, 1070, 1075? The murder of Cnut IV could be an alternative end marker.

The Ptolemies' attachment to native Egyptian forms might be an earlier rebranding exercise, and that not the first of its kind.

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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2006-09-25 12:05 (UTC)
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I'm not sure I'd call Edgar the last, though succession quarrels did get messy thereafter, and the Conquest was part of that.
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User: fanf
Date: 2006-09-25 22:00 (UTC)
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I was thinking a few days ago that there's a good chance I will live until 2066, which could be fun - at least to the extent that I'll be able to enjoy it aged 92.
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The Bellinghman
User: bellinghman
Date: 2006-09-25 22:06 (UTC)
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It's not going to happen - because I'm going to strangle you first ... wheeze ... cough ... splutter ... young people today ...

I'm fairly confident I'll be dead a while before I make 106.

However, Oerjan and a few mates of his are doing the reenactment this year of the Hastings scuffle, and expect a few thousand fighters to be there. I think that's a couple of weekends' time.
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