his Chronicle of
THE NORMAN CONQUEST
ROMAN DE ROU
EDGAR TAYLOR ESQ. F. S. A.
WILLIAM PICKERING, 1837
This electronic edition
was prepared by
Michael A. Linton, 2004
The oath administered to Harold; from the Bayeux Tapestry.
Title page vignette, including a coin of William, from Ruding, vol. iv.
Dedication vignette, a group after the Bayeux Tapestry.*
Map of Normandy.
Initial letter to introduction, from the Battle abbey chronicle,
The Tapestry roll, as preserved at Bayeux,
CONCERNING THE AUTHOR OF THIS BOOK, SETTING FORTH HIS INTENT AND DEGREE
Baptism of Rollo, from the Museum MS. of Benoit Sainte-More,
Initial letter, from the MS. of William of Jumieges in the library at Rouen,
Norman soldiers, from a capital in the chapel of Norwich castle, [These may be compared with the two knights opposite, from Bocherville.]
HOW WILLIAM BECAME DUKE, AND HOW HIS BARONS REVOLTED AGAINST HIM.
HOW THE KING OF FRANCE CAME; AND OF THE BATTLE THAT WAS FOUGHT AT VAL DES DUNES.
Group from the Bayeux Tapestry.
HOW CANUTE DIED, AND ALFRED FELL BY TREASON; AND HOW EDWARD AFTERWARDS BECAME KING.
THE REVOLT OF WILLIAM OF ARQUES; AND HOW HE AND THE KING OF FRANCE WERE FOILED BY DUKE WILLIAM.
HOW THE KING OF FRANCE INVADED NORMANDY, AND WAS BEATEN AT MORTEMER.
HOW THE KING OF FRANCE CAME AGAIN AGAINST DUKE WILLIAM, AND WAS DEFEATED AT VARAVILLE.
HOW WILLIAM PROSPERED, AND HOW HE WENT TO ENGLAND TO VISIT KING EDWARD; AND WHO GODWIN WAS.
OF HAROLD'S JOURNEY TO NORMANDY, AND WHAT HE DID THERE.
Harold taking his leave of king Edward,
Harold proceeding to Bosham,
Harold claimed, by Norman messengers, from count Guy of Ponthieu,
Guy delivering Harold to William,
William receiving Harold at his palace,
Harold's Oath to William,all from the Tapestry
Edward the Confessor's great seal.
HOW KING EDWARD DIED, AND HAROLD WAS CROWNED IN HIS STEAD; AND HOW DUKE WILLIAM TOOK COUNSEL AGAINST HIM.
Edward naming Harold his successor, from the Cambridge MS.
Edward carried for burial to Westminster Abbey, from the Bayeux Tapestry,
Edward entombed, from the Cambridge MS.
Harold's election and coronation, from the Bayeux Tapestry,
Ship bearing the messenger with the news to William, also from the Tapestry.
HOW THE BARONS MET AT LILLEBONNE, AND WHAT AID THEY AGREED TO GIVE.
Remains of the great hall at Lillebonne, from Cotman,
William ordering ships to be built, from the Bayeux Tapestry,
The Comet, and information to Harold [of William's preparations ?], both from the Tapestry.
HOW THE NORMAN HOST MET AT ST. VALERY, AND SAILED THENCE.
HOW THE DUKE AND HIS HOST LANDED NEAR TO HASTINGS, AND MADE THEMSELVES A FORT.
HOW AN ENGLISH KNIGHT RODE TO HAROLD WHO WAS FIGHTING TOSTI; AND WHAT MESSAGE WAS SENT BY THE DUKE.
HOW THE ENGLISH CONSULTED, AND WENT TO MEET THE NORMAN HOST; AND HAROLD AND GURTH WENT FORTH TO RECONNOITRE.
WHAT FURTHER PARLEY WAS HAD BETWEEN THE KING AND DUKE WILLIAM BEFORE THE BATTLE.
HOW BOTH HOSTS PASSED THE NIGHT AND MADE READY FOR BATTLE; AND HOW THE DUKE EXHORTED HIS MEN.
WHO WAS CHOSEN TO BEAR THE DUKE'S GONFANON IN THE BATTLE.
HOW THE MEN OR ENGLAND MADE READY, AND WHO THEY WERE.
HOW THE THREE NORMAN COMPANIES MOVED ON TO ATTACK THE ENGLISH.
HOW TAILLEFER SANG, AND THE BATTLE BEGAN.
HOW THE ARCHERS SMOTE HAROLD'S EYE; AND WHAT STRATAGEM THE NORMANS USED.
THE ROLL OF THE NORMAN CHIEFS; AND THEIR DEEDS. LES NONS DE GRAUNTZ DELA LA MER QUE VINDRENT OD LE CONQUEROUR WILLIAM BASTARD DE GRAUNT VIGOURE.
THE ROLL OF THE NORMAN LORDS CONTINUED.
WHAT DEEDS OF ARMS DUKE WILLIAM DID; AND HOW HAROLD WAS SLAIN AND THE ENGLISH FLED.
HOW WILLIAM WAS CROWNED KING; AND HOW HE AT LAST FELL ILL AT ROUEN.
KING WILLIAM'S CHARACTER, FROM THE SAXON CHRONICLE.