Free Essay

Letter in the Life of a Solider

In: Historical Events

Submitted By powell06
Words 832
Pages 4
Harold, Earl of Wessex
Today I leave my brother, King Edward, after long conversation. I will first go to the south coast with my Hawk, hunting dogs, and followers, to journey to my families estate in Sussex, Bosham.
My companions and I have now reached Bosham. We will go to the church to pray to God that he watches over our voyage and keep us safe on our travels. After we have prayed we shale dine on a magnificent feast that will be prepared at the manor house. When morning comes I will board my ship hawk in hand and set sails. The morning had come and as planned we have set sails and are now crossing the channel. Land has been spotted by my lookout form upon the mast and I have been informed that it is Ponthieu, north of Normandy. This is the territory of the Count Guy. He is known to be a fierce man. I pray that this is not fact.
The count is in fact a firce man. As soon we ported and I stepped from my ship I was seized by Count Guy’s soldiers as the Count sits horseback directing operations. I have now been taken prisoner but while the Count is a fierce man he did insure that I was treated with respect and allowed to ride in front with my hawk as we journeyed to his capital city of Beaurain. When we arrived to Beaurain, Count Guy spoke to me from upon his thrown. messengers arrived today. One by the name of Turold and another whos name has slipped my mind. They had been sent by the counts overloard, Duke William of Normandy to demand my release. The count has obeyed his orders and is taking me to meet Duke Williams. Once we arrived the Count pointed at me as to identify me. Duke William and I road to his palace accompanied by the Counts soldiers. I’m not sure why but he insisted on carrying my hawk as we road.
I am not accompanying Duke William and the Norman soldiers as they set off to fight Duke Conan of Brittany. We have just passed Mont St. Michel, which creates the border between Normandy and Brittany. We came to a river and as we crossed the soldiers held their shields over their heads as to keep them out of the water. On our journey some soldiers were taken by quick sand but I was able to save them two at a time!
When we reached Brittany, The Norman soldiers attacked but Duke Conan escaped down a rope from the castle. The Norman soldiers have now passed Rennes, the capital of Brittany in chase of Duke Conan. The Norman soldiers finally caught up with Conan at Dinan. The soldiers on horseback threw lances as others try to set fire to the defenses until Conan surrendered and handed over the keys to of Dinan to Duke William on the point of a lance. As a reward for my services, Duke William honored me with the gift of arms.
Duke William and I have returned to Normandy and are going to the town of Bayeux. When we arrived at Bayeux, I swore a solemn oath on holy relics as I was appointed overlord of Dinan. I will be released and sailing back to England.
Upon my return I went to my brother. He seemed to be frail and ill but insisted he was in perfect health.
My speculations were correct. My brother, the King is deathly ill. I stood by his bed side accompanied by his queen, his faithful followers, and two noblemen as he took his last breath and passed away. The two noblemen offered me the crown and in my brothers honor I have accepted the crown. I am yet stricken with grief even as the people cheer me. I fear now that something will go wrong as Halley’s comet has appeared and as you know this is viewed as an evil omen.
Halley’s comet has shown to truly be an evil omen as Duke William has decided to attack England and has already organized a fleet of warships for his attack. News has now come to me that Duke Williams warships have been loaded and have set sail to England. William and his soldiers have reached the south coast of England and are riding off towards Hastings where they will most likely gather food.
News has been brought to me that William has had his soldiers build a motte in order to strengthen their base at Hastings. Morning has come and my Soldiers stand ready for battle as William and his soldiers approach. I watched as William gave a speech to his soldiers. I only hope that he has informed them of their fate for my men are strong and ready for battle. If I am to never to return from battle let my name and stories of my journey be told throughout history.

Similar Documents

Premium Essay

How to Tell a War Story

...they’re all fake. O’Brien believes war stories don’t actually have to do with people do with heroic things, because every solider is a hero. The average person who was not in combat would not get a true war story because no one has experienced what soldier’s experience. They have seen things and felt things emotionally that no other person will ever see or feel. A ex soldier out look on life is completely different than your average person because they are use to different life style. So all this boils down to one thing, no one will ever understand soldier’s and O’Brien uses “How to Tell a True War Story” to prove this. Through out the story O’Brien talks to the reader as if they don’t know anything. Although he has to approach the reader like this so he can thoroughly explain his point. Since no one understands a soldier’s life he has to write this way, the misunderstanding of soldiers is proven within the first page of the story when rat explains his friend to his sister in a letter that he sent her. “ Stainless steel balls, Rat tells her. The guy was a little crazy, for sure, but crazy in a good way, a real daredevil, because he liked the challenge of it, he liked testing him self, just man against gook” (O’Brien 287). This is one solider explaining another solider to a person who is probably mourning her brother’s death. Im sure the sister of the solider does not want to hear how crazy he was and how he would volunteer for things no body wanted to do. You’re probably......

Words: 1771 - Pages: 8

Premium Essay

For Cause and Comrades

...wars are inevitable and some are not, it all depends on what they are fighting for. In James M. McPherson’s book “For Cause and Comrades” he discusses the reasons why men fought in the civil war. 1. What are the primary sources used by McPherson to explain the motives of the 3 million soldiers who fought in the Civil war? What are the advantages and drawbacks to this approach? In the book, For Cause & Comrades—Why Men Fought in the Civil war, James M. McPherson uses collected diary entries and letters written by soldiers that were fighting for either the Confederate or Union army as his primary resources for this book. McPherson gives us these primary sources to give us insights into the life of soldiers fighting in the civil war. He explains that the “evidence consists of the personal letters written by soldiers during the war to family members, sweethearts, and friends, and the unrevised diaries that some of them kept during their service” (pg.11). These personal descriptions of life on the battlefield reveal the real motives behind the about 3 million soldiers that decided on fighting in the civil war. Some entered the fight with this mentality, “The man who does not dread...

Words: 1677 - Pages: 7

Premium Essay


...Returning to a civilian life after war presents new opportunities as well as challenges for Veterans. Many Veterans look forward to life after the military, because they can spend more time with family and friends and no longer have to worry about military structure or being deployed. At the same time, transitioning to civilian life may lead to a lot of questions. They may wonder what they are going to do with their new phase of their life, or if they will be able to find a job. The may think about going back to school but not know where to start. Or, they might miss the discipline of the military life compared to civilian life and wonder if they will be able to adjust. For example, take the story of Soldier’s Home. When Krebs returned from the war he had been badly, sickeningly frightened all the time. He feels like he is a sham, or living a lie. He becomes alienated from his family and the local people. He makes no effort to relate seriously with anyone, including women, because he does not want the complications or consequences of relationships. Also, in the story “How to Tell a War Story”, the men experienced similar issues. In this story the men experience things that cannot be said, or put into language because they were so horrific, strange and unbelievable. The men are so mad by things that they cannot distinguish as real or imaginary. They experience people getting killed in front of them. For example, Rat Kiley's behavior is, so filled with anger from watching......

Words: 384 - Pages: 2

Premium Essay

The Importance Of A Family Tree

...grandparents and great grandparents is always best. With one side of the family at a time. Getting what information about them first in your research is best. The date and place of birth. Marriages if more then one. Date and place of death. Remember those old photo albums that may have given you the idea of in the first place. Gather all of them and start checking them for old pictures of relatives. Many times people put dates and the place the picture was taken. If your grandparents are from the WWII era, most likely you will find letters. During the war, everyone corresponded with a solider. These wonderful pieces of the past are full of information about where people were and what they were doing in that time. When finding old papers, photographs and letters take into consideration on how to preserve these valuable documents for future generations. The number one rule for any kind of genealogy research is how to organize all the bits of papers, notes, and letters you are going to discover in your search. It can be quite overwhelming at first when you are confronted with the mass amount of paper and document either you finds or people start giving to you as the family historian. It will be up to you how to keep certain records and which of them will be useful to your genealogy search. Then you will have to put them in files according to family and dates. When you start uncovering, more and more information about your family history, then you must decide if you want......

Words: 834 - Pages: 4

Free Essay

Winston Churchill

...Journalist, historian, solider, painter, he was also one of the greatest leaders of our time. His name was Winston Churchill and he rallied the nation in its darkest hour. Even tough he was one of Britain’s greatest leaders, he was also one of the hardest man to work with. With many failures in his political career his opponents called him “A man with a brilliant future behind him”. (Churchill the maverick politician) But most of his colleges and friends will remember him as a hardworking man who, after every failure, pulled himself back and began anew. Few people remember his early days. He was born in aristocracy, his father Lord Randolph Churchill was the youngest son of the Duke of Marlborough, John Spencer Churchill. His mother was a lively daughter of an American financier. When his mother was seven and a half months pregnant she stayed at Blenheim palace, were on the 30th November of 1874 Winston Churchill was born and baptized. He was brought up by a nanny, Ms. Elizabeth Anne Everest. She served as his confidante, nurse, and mother substitute. (Jenkins 10) At the age of seven his mother sent him to a boarding school. And at the age of thirteen he went to Harrow School. At Harrow school he showed great interest in fencing and the subject History of England. He also won the public school championship in fencing. His parents’ were too busy with their social life to pay any attention to their son. During his years at Harrow he sent several letters to his mother......

Words: 1397 - Pages: 6

Free Essay

In Flanders Field Figurative Language Essay

...John McCrae. I have known this poem for most of my life growing up. We would always learn about it in school around Remembrance Day. As Canadians, this poem is very important because it was written in the First World War by a Canadian lieutenant who was inspired to write it after the death of his friend. It reminds us about how we are free and what people did so that we could live in a free country. In Canada, In Flanders Field is one of the nation’s best-known literary works. In this analysis, we will look at the different figures of speech, symbols, and the meters. In Flanders Field is written in the format of a French randeau. It is a lyric poem and consists of three stanzas with a total of 15 lines. One of the main literary devices that is in this poem is alliteration. Alliteration is the repetition of a constant sound. In this poem, there is repetition in lines 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, 11, and 12. Some examples are: Flanders Fields, loved and were loved and now we lie, the larks still bravely singing fly. The author uses alliteration for different reasons. Alliteration creates rhythm in poetry. It sounds better and makes the poem flow. Also to make you remember. People remember alliteration phrases so easily. In line 13, there is an assonance in the poem. An assonance is a repetition of a vowel sound followed by a different consonant sound. The one in the poem is break, faith. These have the same sounding letters. Another literary device used is a metaphor. A......

Words: 807 - Pages: 4

Free Essay


...was reported in all four gospels that Jesus was executed by crucifixion. Even some none-Christian sources report the event as well such as historians as Josephus, Taticutus, Lucian, Talmud all agreed to Jesus death by crucifixion is a historical fact support by considerable evidence. Tacitus referred to it as “the extreme penalty”. Josephus writes when Pilate, upon hearing him accused by men of highest standing among us, had him condemned to death. Talmud reports that on the eve of Passover Yeshu was hanged. Lucian poked fun at the followers of Christ calling them “poor wretches” who revealed their gullibility. The above accounts refute any claim that Jesus was not crucified. Eyewitnesses: Jesus mother and the woman. The centurion solider, the disciples and other that was...

Words: 1857 - Pages: 8

Premium Essay

A Tenacious Church

...A TENACIOUS CHURCH II THESSALONIANS 1:3-4 SUBJECT COMING FROM VERSE FOUR Paul, Silvanus and Timotheus, in his letter to the Thessalonians, saw it fitting to give thanks to God always for the brethren, at the church of the Thessalonians, because of how their faith had grown and the charity and love they had shown toward each other in troublesome times. In Paul‘s first letter to the Thessalonians, he preached and taught about three weeks, almost every major doctrine of the Christian faith. Although Paul’s visit to Thessalonica was short, his ministry was long enough to leave a solid foundation for a thriving church. After leaving and going to Athens, Paul leaves Timothy and Silvanus behind to help the new church by way of encouragement. The church was faced with persecution, however persecution can mean growth. God’s spirit strengthens and encourages suffering saints as they go through the difficulties of Christian life. Timothy rejoined Paul at Corinth and gave him the report on the new church. A short time afterward, Paul writes II Thessalonians and began to thank God for the tenacity of this church and it’s determination to grow in faith. Paul considered this church his friend. After hearing of the progress of this tenacious church and their growth and love toward each other, Paul couldn’t help but praise God for their accomplishment. So then, Paul realized first, a growing church is a faithful church, and that this church would go through much persecution.......

Words: 2334 - Pages: 10

Free Essay

A Literary Criticism of Charlotte Temple

...A Literary Criticism of Charlotte Temple Charlotte Temple is a novel written by Susanne Rowson in the late eighteenth century. The novel was first published in England, but was soon published in America having many different editions throughout the years. Charlotte Temple is considered the second American book and was extremely popular during its time of publishing due to its somewhat short length and topic. Charlotte Temple is a story of an innocent and ignorant young girl who is seduced by a man, which ultimately leads to her death. The novella was considered to be somewhat taboo during its time period because of its nature dealing with lust and young love, a prevalent theme noticeable throughout the entire story. The story begins with the introduction of the English soldier Montraville whose attention has been caught by the young woman Charlotte Temple. Montraville describes her beauty to his friend Belcour, who seemed more interested in the idea of a looming war (The American Revolutionary War) than the woman that has caught the eye of his friend. For three days Montraville cannot get Charlotte out of his head and therefore decides to go to her home to see her. After deciding that he should leave and not think of or see her at all, he catches a glance of two women walking in a field. One of the women is Charlotte and the other is her French teacher Mademoiselle la Rue. Montraville later meets up with and bribes la Rue, so long as Charlotte will meet him the next......

Words: 2450 - Pages: 10

Free Essay

James Doolittle

...James Harold Doolittle Edmond Pukaj Spartan College of Aeronautics Abstract James Doolittle was a man with an outstanding resume in the American Air Force and one of Americas most well-known aviation pilots whose contributions in the Second World War was extremely crucial to increasing American morale. Doolittle also played a major role in creating new instrumentations to improve night flying and flying in hazardous weather. Doolittle broke and set many records in the aviation world and made the impossible possible with his extraordinary flying skills. Made himself a role model for upcoming generations of pilots. General James “Jimmy” Harold Doolittle was a very important individual in American aviation history. Many recognize Jimmy Doolittle as the individual responsible for coordinating the planes that took off on the aircraft carrier The Hornet, for the raid on Japan in the Second World War. James Doolittle was placed in charge of defining which plane to use for this mission. He decided on the B-25 plane determining that it had the highest potential to make the short take-off of the Hornet. Doolittle was known as being a daredevil, scholar, pilot and General. Doolittle’s particular expertise and passion was for flying. He is considered to be the American aviation pioneer. Although his flying expertise is what he is most commonly credited for his accomplishments far exceed this criterion (Daso, 2003) James Doolittle was born on December 14, 1896 in Alameda,......

Words: 1579 - Pages: 7

Premium Essay

Communication Skill the Foundation on which to Build Success n 2 2. Charisma : The First Impression Can Seal the Deal “How can you have charisma? Be more concerned about making others feel good about themselves than you are making them feel good about you.” ~Dan Reiland, Vice President of Leadership Development, INJOY “When it comes to charisma, the bottom line is othermindedness. Leaders who think about others and their concerns before thinking of themselves exhibit charisma.” ~John C. Maxwell 3 3. Commitment: It separates Doers from Dreamers n n n n To the boxer, it’s getting off the mat one more time than you’ve been knocked down. To the marathoner, it’s running another ten miles when your strength is gone. To the solider, it’s going over the hill, not knowing what’s waiting on the other side. To the leader, it’s all that and more because everyone you lead it depending on you. Improve your Commitment Look at how you spend your time, are you really committed or do you just say you are? n Know what’s worth dying for. n Practice the Edison method. Make your plans public, then you might be more...

Words: 1916 - Pages: 8

Free Essay

General Sherman

...for the military leaders to embed their troops in entrenchments that were nearly impossible to infiltrate. They would then rush their men towards each other in a bloody battle. General Sherman realized that attacking the entrenchments of the enemy was fruitless and killed too many soldiers. He went on a path of flanking maneuvers that helped get around these entrenched soldiers. He followed up this plan by attacking the economy of the South and breaking their resolve. The importance of his new plan can be seen on how his tactics of attacking the land and economy, instead of other human beings, and avoiding head-on confrontation actually saved lives for both the Union and Confederate armies. The march from Atlanta to Savannah has taken on a life of its own for historians today. The campaign’s impact has been over-emphasized by his contemporaries on both sides of the war creating a war hero or war tyrant depending on which side was describing his march. One of the reasons Sherman decided to avoid frontal confrontation with the...

Words: 14944 - Pages: 60

Premium Essay

The Historical Jesus

...QUESTION: THE VERBUM INCARNATUM ON THE JERUSALEM STREET IS THE SAME WITH THE LOGOS OF FAITH. DISCUSS? BY JOSEPH ONYENWMADU O. CHIBUOGWU COURSE TITLE: THE QUEST FOR HISTORICAL JESUS. DATE: MAY, 2016 It is worthy of note that the first four centuries of the life of the Church was nearly marred by the Christological heresies. Argument about the person and work of Jesus Christ. Arguments abound concerning the Historicity of the Christian religion, while many has maintained that Jesus had not intended a development of faith from his teachings, the quest to identify the historical Jesus and differentiate between the Jesus of history and the Jesus of faith is going on. One of those devastating heresies called Docetism appeared in the time of John the beloved, propounded by the Marcions and the Gnostics, a teaching that denied the human nature of Jesus Christ claiming that the body is matter and matter is evil, so that the body was just a “Phantom” a body merely given a human appearance in nature but not necessarily human, because they believe that God cannot associate with evil. So John wrote in his first epistle that “every Spirit that confesses not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God” 1John 4:3. The Jesus of History is the Jesus of the Historical Quests which is by now is on the 3rd stage. The Christ of Faith is the Christ of the Christian belief. To have any sort of separation between the two is like having a separation between the WORD and the......

Words: 3451 - Pages: 14

Premium Essay

Disent in America older than the United States, serving as a privilege and obligation to its citizens. The history of the United States is an ideal example of how dissent ultimately changes society by offering new ideas and perspective. Important issues that dissenters advocated such as taxation, slavery, women’s rights, civil rights, and anti-war sentiments define America. In order for a society to be successful, it must encourage dissent and protect the rights of its dissenters. Dissenters fought to create change and gain rights they believed were denied to them and others. Religious dissent forced European groups such as the Quakers and Puritans, who were persecuted for their beliefs, to seek life in the colonies. During the Pre-Revolutionary Age, Christianity affected all aspects of an individual’s life. Christianity was the basis of decision making in politics and society. Governments often ruled over their subjects, with the notion that they had approval from God and would therefore be granted his mercy for slaughtering innocent individuals, whether it was through crusades or witch hunts. At the time of the seventeenth century, kings and queens final decisions ruled which branch of Christianity to follow; with the constant upheaval in rulers, and exile towards Protestants during the Catholic era and Calvinists during the Church of England era, radical religious ideals began to form resulting in a revolution. During this time period, certain individuals went against what the......

Words: 6255 - Pages: 26

Premium Essay

Unit 24 - P1

...Unit 24 - Assignment 1 Introduction For this assignment I will be describing the elements of a crime which are Mens Rea and Actus Reus. Mens Rea is Latin for 'guilty mind' and it is the mental thinking behind the crime which has been committed, it refers to the intentions of the person who committed the crime. For example, when someone commits theft their intention is to permanently deprive the owner/s of the object. Actus Reus is Latin for 'guilty act' and it can either be an act or a failure to act. For example, when someone commits theft they must've physically taken something. The three C's of Actus Reus must be taken into account when investigating a crime they are: * Conduct - this is the act of damaging or destroying something/someone. * Circumstances - this is the fact that the property must belong to another. * Consent - this is the resulting damage or destruction of the act. Causation Causation, also known as result crimes is when a consequence has come about as a result of the Actus Reus being committed. When establishing causation the first step is to ask 'was the defendant's act a cause in the fact of the specified consequence?' This can be answered by asking 'But for what the defendant did would the consequence have occurred?' If the answer is YES then the result wouldn't have occurred if not for the defendant's acts and, therefore causation is established. A case which shows the chain of causation is the case of R v White (1910) the......

Words: 3175 - Pages: 13