‘The Death of Harold.’ Wood engraving by Edmund Evans. 3 x 4 inches. Illustration in James Doyle’s A Chronicle of England, London: Longman, 1864, 97. Another death in conflict scene, this time showing Harold being struck by the fatal arrow at the Battle of Hastings in October 1066. The blue-grey palette here is expressive of the time of day – the king was killed in the early evening – and emblematic of the fading, literally the twilight of Anglo-Saxon England, as the old order gave way to the Normans.

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Created 15 November 2023