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British Museum expert Dr Gareth Williams has given us ‘COINS & CONQUESTS – The Pevensey Mint’ illustrated with the hands of the Norman Kings on our coinage in their collection.
But it wasn’t just Oswald’s hand that had a remarkable fate.
Oswald was killed on the battlefield by pagan Mercians and the Welsh, and his head and limbs put on stakes.
We begin with a view of how Pevensey probably appeared to the invasion fleet dominated by the huge Roman fort of Anderida shown first.
A vivid picture shows the final fleet preparations at St Valery followed by William of Poitiers formal account of the crossing to Pevensey.
What happened next isn’t entirely clear, but for the modern bone hunter the problem isn’t a lack of evidence – it’s too much of it.