Exquisitely, Annoyingly, Totally Unanswerable

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I don’t suppose the average Joe in the street gives thought to this, far more concerned with football results, rising prices, Climate Change, the increase in positive Covid tests and whether Blundering Boris will fall off a figurative cliff before or after the next election.

But for a few of us this endures, exquisitely, annoyingly totally unanswerable: Did William (the Bastard) Duke of Normandy truly have right to the English throne?

The ink, the paper, the hours, the reputations this question has cost us.

84 words written for Sammi’s Weekend Writing Prompt: Question

About crispina kemp

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58 Responses to Exquisitely, Annoyingly, Totally Unanswerable

  1. Nope, Not Pam says:

    Ok, I haven’t thought about that, so did he?

    Liked by 1 person

  2. castorpblog says:

    Harsh words about undeniable truths then and now

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Sadje says:

    William the conqueror?

    Liked by 2 people

  4. Hmmmm …. never thought about it …. then again, I’m in the US. Should I have pondered this question?

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  5. GHLearner says:

    Yup, absolutely. Only history buffs would ask this question. Like anyone interested in a special subject would muse and deeply think about questions only interesting to them.

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  6. It’s actually a question I do ponder living as I do near the place Willy the Conc’s army came ashore and close to Battle of Hastings battlefield! There are reminders everywhere, Norman castles, churches et al!

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  7. Dora says:

    A legitimate question and every once in a a while it haunts me: actually no, being the philistine that I am. I like your take on this prompt though. I never did like his treatment of Matilda.


  8. So many more questions to be asked, eh? 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Sunra Rainz says:

    A most excellent question, Crispina! Which has now given everyone homework to do, lol! 😀

    Liked by 1 person

  10. Dale says:

    A question for those who love to dig deep… Most interesting response, Ms Crisp!

    Liked by 1 person

  11. Bill says:

    Oh yes. I lie awake many nights wondering and worrying. The true facts will certainly change everything. 🙂


  12. It was reported by Fox News. Make of that what you will!

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  13. Brian Bixby says:

    When Mike Ashley did his encyclopedic “British Kings & Queens” back in 1998, it was obvious that he judged the reigns of the earlier rulers by whether they held power, the later by whether they had a legitimate right. Willy-boy comes in the middle grade: Ashley didn’t date his reign from Hastings but vaguely from “late November/early December,” apparently treating the submission of the Atheling as the start of William’s legitimacy.

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    • Hastings wasn’t the real decider. There were many rebellions. The English did not want him. He wasn’t exactly voted in on a majority.

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      • Brian Bixby says:

        Strictly speaking, neither was Boris Johnson. Which got me wondering. Turns out, unless I’ve overlooked something, the last time a Prime Minister was elected with over 50% voting for his party was in 1935, and that was Baldwin’s coalition government.


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