Fulford battlefied under threat

July 2015 dig

The Fulford Tapestry

Saxon succession

Summary of published report

Visiting the site

Naming the battle
Translation issues
AngloSaxon Chronicles
Symeon of Durham
Geoffrey Gaimar
John of Worcester
William of Malmesbury
Henry of Huntingdon
Orderic Vitalis
The Life of King Edward
Comparing translations
Norse Sagas
Misinformed criticism
Song of Maldon
Saxon succession


Images of flood on the day of the battle

12 panoramas of the battle site

YouTube videos

The Fulford Tapestry

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  • The rules of succession in this era were pragmatic. A mature male with military experience was an essential qualification. 
  • There was no rule that the eldest son should inherit the kingdom.
  • The kingdom of 'Angleland' was coming together during this era as the Mercian and Wessex kingdoms slowly merged to resist the Viking occupation helped by various accidents of birth and untimely death.
Ser Name Relation Reign


        Acsn Died  
1 Alfred   871-899     The Great
2 Edward (I) Son 899-924     The Elder
3 Aelfweard Son 924     Very  brief
4 Aethelstan Brother 924-939     Son of Edward
5 Edmund I Brother 939-946      
6 Eadred Brother 946-955      
7 Eadwig Nephew 955-959     Son of Eadwig
8 Edgar I Brother 957-975     King of Mercia to start but took over Wessex when his brother died
9 Aethelred Son 978-1013     The 'Unred' - ill- advised.
10 Swegen    1013-1014      
11 Aethelred   1014-1016     Second 'turn'
12 Cnut Son of Swegen 1016-1035      
13 Harold Harefoot Son 1035-1040      
14 Harhacnut Half-brother 1040-1042      
15 Edward Half-brother 1042-1066     'The Confessor'
16 Harold Brother-in-law 1066      


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There is a site devoted to saving the battlesite: The site has the story of the process that has allowed the site to be designated an access road to a Green Belt, floodplain housing estate.

And another website for the Fulford Tapestry that tells the story of the September 1066: This tells the story embroidered into the panels.

The author of the content is Chas Jones - fulfordthing@gmail.com  last updated June 2015

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