Tuesday, 11 October 2016

Writing - A turbulent year

This political year could be massive when we look back in a few years time. If we take the year from June 1st 2016 to a similar time next year the backwash could hit the whole world. Perhaps we don't know how significant this time could be.

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In the UK it all began with the referendum on June 23rd resulting in the UK leaving the EU, then three months later and the two main political parties are tearing themselves apart. Not to mention the laughing stock that is UKIP.

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In November the USA pantomime will reach a conclusion and that could have huge consequences depending on the outcome.
Similarly, there are elections next year in both France and Germany, where vociferous extreme parties will be contesting power.

By the time October 2017 arrives we could live in a very different world and even writers couldn't come up with some of the stuff that may happen. It is not the first time there have been tumultuous years in history.

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5th January 

Edward the Confessor died aged 62 leaving no heirs.

6th January

Earl Harold crowned the day of Edward's funeral in what was effectively a coup d'etat.

10th September

As well as William and Harold contesting the English throne there was the Norwegian, Harald Hardrada. On the 10th his huge fleet arrived at the River Tyne to begin their vast assault on England.

20th September

The Vikings won the Battle of Fulford, defeating the armies of Mercia and Northumbria.

25th September

At the Battle of Stamford Bridge the Vikings were defeated by King Harold of England but it was a Pyrrhic victory. Harold's English force was seriously depleted.

14th October

William of Normandy lands at Pevensey and lured Harold into battle during which Harold took an arrow in the eye as legend has it.

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The boy who should have inherited the throne from Edward the Confessor was Edgar Aetheling (Royal Prince). Certain Dukes and religious leaders tried to establish the 14 year old boy on the throne but he was forced to cede to William in December.

25th December

William the Conqueror was crowned on Christmas Day in Westminster Abbey.

So real turmoil in a very short time almost 1000 years ago and here we are again but on a worldwide scale. If you are a writer there is a wealth of information in this post to start writing several books or at least to generate those germs of ideas.

God Bless