Battle of Hastings

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The Battle of Hastings, as depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry

Jerseymen who travel abroad spend a not inconsiderable amount of time explaining to foreigners that they come neither from England, nor the United Kingdom or Great Britain, but from the British Isles.

The distinction is usually lost on their audience, but where the English themselves are concerned, Jerseymen are quick to point out to them that, not only are they in no way English, but they helped conquer the English the last time England was invaded.

Jerseymen, or at least close relatives, serving under their Normandy lords, were present with William the Conqueror at the Battle of Hastings in 1066.

Just who was and was not at Hastings has been the subject of argument for centuries, but Onfroi, Mauger and Roger de Carteret, the sons of Godefroi de Carteret, are believed to have fought in the battle. It is likely that Onfroi's son Renaud was the first de Carteret to become established in Jersey, and was thus the founder of the dynasty which ruled Jersey for such long periods over the centuries.

  • Jerripedia's editor, Mike Bisson claims that he has been able to trace his ancestry to William the Conqueror and to King Harold, so he lays claim to having been on both sides during the Battle of Hastings!
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