Search for King Harold remains in Waltham Abbey 'could change history'

The team will search for the remains in the Abbey Gardens of Waltham Abbey Church

The team will search for the remains in the Abbey Gardens of Waltham Abbey Church

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The team behind the discovery of the remains of Richard III are to launch a search for King Harold in Waltham Abbey and are hoping to "change history".

Oval Films will carry out an initial ground scan in Abbey Gardens, Waltham Abbey, next week.

There are theories that Harold was given a formal funeral at the Abbey Church of Waltham Holy Cross and St Lawrence years after his death at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

However, he is also believed to have been dismembered by his killers after being shot in the eye with an arrow during the battle.

The search is being sponsored by author Peter Burke, who has written two historical novels and has different theories about Harold II’s death.

He said: “I am convinced Harold survived the Battle of Hastings.

“If we find the complete remains of an old man in his late 70's with scarring to his temple from a battle wound then we need to do a DNA test.

“Our understanding of this particular period of English history would have to change.”

David Hatton of Oval films said “We are very excited by the whole concept that there is another, even more plausible, story to the life and times of King Harold.

“If we find what we are hoping then this could change history.”

The remains of Richard III were discovered beneath a car park in Leicester in 2012.

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10:26pm Thu 28 Aug 14

Petejf says...

I realised Harold was not killed by an arrow in the eye,but by three knights who cut him with their swords,I e.mailed English Heritage and they agreed with me.The arrow bit was "spin" by the Normans as it was an arrow from Heaven as they thought Harold had gone against the vows he made in .normandy over the bones of saints,which made it binding.Only Wace mentions the arrow and he wrote it about 110-120 yrs after,he went along with the spin.the Bayeaux tapestry was repaired in the 1700s and the arrow was added.So will be interesting if they find some bones.
I realised Harold was not killed by an arrow in the eye,but by three knights who cut him with their swords,I e.mailed English Heritage and they agreed with me.The arrow bit was "spin" by the Normans as it was an arrow from Heaven as they thought Harold had gone against the vows he made in .normandy over the bones of saints,which made it binding.Only Wace mentions the arrow and he wrote it about 110-120 yrs after,he went along with the spin.the Bayeaux tapestry was repaired in the 1700s and the arrow was added.So will be interesting if they find some bones. Petejf
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3:31am Fri 29 Aug 14

Villagecranberry says...

This could boost trade in the area and revive the flagging economy for the likes of the mashes and pies shops and so on.
This could boost trade in the area and revive the flagging economy for the likes of the mashes and pies shops and so on. Villagecranberry
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6:58am Sat 30 Aug 14

pan says...

There is no real evidence either way of how Harold died, no one knows for sure and the "hacked up" theory comes from a French Bishop who would most certainly be a little biased. No one knows for sure and both theories are more than probable. It would be really interesting to see the results of this survey.
As Villagecranberry says it could be good for the local economy or if nothing is found maybe not so good.
There is no real evidence either way of how Harold died, no one knows for sure and the "hacked up" theory comes from a French Bishop who would most certainly be a little biased. No one knows for sure and both theories are more than probable. It would be really interesting to see the results of this survey. As Villagecranberry says it could be good for the local economy or if nothing is found maybe not so good. pan
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