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All about history book of medieval history. by White, Jon

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London was controlled by a Defining moment Defining moment Betrayed by Guthrum January 878 CE The Battle of Edington May 878 CE After a Viking incursion at Wareham in Dorset is defeated, the Viking chieftain Guthrum submits to Alfred and promises to withdraw his forces to Mercia. He seals his promise on a holy ring of the Viking god Odin. Instead of honouring his pledge to the warrior god, Guthrum betrays Alfred and escapes, reassembles his war host and destroys Alfred’s army at Chippenham, forcing Alfred to flee into the countryside.

Old age had taken its When those methods did not work to subdue toll, leading King Philip I to insult William with a the north, the new king was once again forced remark equating him to a pregnant woman because to use his last resort; horrific violence. In 1070, of his increasing corpulence. Sent into his typical King William reached his breaking point trying rage, William stormed Mantes in retaliation. But as to put down rebellions in the region, so he his men burned the town, William’s enthusiasm decided to turn it into a wasteland.

Oars were usually used to gain speed quickly when near a coast or in a river, then stored out of place when out at sea. This rudder-like oar, also known as a ‘steerboard’, was attached to the back of the ship on the starboard side. It was used to steer the ship and would require a large amount of physical exertion compared to modern alternatives. The position of the ‘steerboard’ is where the term ‘starboard’ originated from. Keel for strength The keel of the ship would be made first and provided the ship with strength beneath the waterline, while also allowing navigation in shallow waters.

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