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Waltham Abbey, 14 October
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A few have come to remember him
At the site of his earlier church.
He’s thought to be buried here –
“The noble earl who enjoyed little stillness
While he held the kingdom.” [1]
King for less than a year.
If he had earned the name of Conqueror
How would English life have been?
He’d begun to “abolish unjust laws
And to make good ones.” [2]
I’d hoped to know him better here
But his image best lives in tapestry.
I leave, feeling as sad as
The wilting flowers upon his tomb,
And as cold as the words on his stone: 
“Harold, King of England Obit 1066.”

References:
[1] The Waltham Chronicle
[2] Florence of Worcester

 

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