Badajoz 1812: Wellington's Bloodiest Siege by Ian Fletcher

By Ian Fletcher

The storming of Badajoz used to be an epic motion which concerned Wellington’s infantry in one of the most savage hand-to hand struggling with of the entire Peninsular struggle. At appalling fee in a nightmare attack through the evening of the 6 April 1812, Wellington’s infantrymen hacked their excess of the our bodies in their lifeless and wounded and during the massive medieval partitions of the city. those have been held with nice tenacity, ability and braveness via a resolute French and German garrison. Having stormed town the battle-crazed military went berserk and the horrors of the sacking which undefined, up to the elegant braveness of the attackers, have handed into legend.

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Symons, ‘Regularis Concordia: history and derivation’, in D. ), Tenth Century Studies (Chichester, 1975), 44. 22 M. Lapidge, Anglo-Latin Literature, 900–1066 (London, 1993), 36–46, 123–8, 183–211, 225–77. 23 Liber Vitae, 66–9; P. Lendinara, ‘Instructional manuscripts in England: the tenth- and eleventhcentury codices and the early Norman ones’, in P. Lendinara, L. Lazzari, and M. A. D’Aronco (eds), 19 The English Context 11 Much probably originated in Bishop Æthelwold’s own work, such as the translation of the Benedictine Rule into Old English; and the achievement of his school is beyond question.

Some of the wills and charters conserved at Old Minster were transcribed into a cartulary compiled in the first half of the twelfth century at Winchester Cathedral Priory—its institutional successor—thereby preserving a considerable number of the Anglo-Saxon kings’ charters and diplomas. Relics were usually conserved in a chapel; and as priests were the only persons qualified to supervise oaths, relics aided the verification of oaths and assisted the safekeeping of archives, lending fearful authority to documents and witness.

The Burton Cartulary and its Penarth version each use the spelling Domusday: J. F. R. Walmsley, ‘Another Domesday text’, Medieval Studies, 29 (1977), 109–20, at 112. 74 See the sixteenth- and seventeenth-century antiquarians, John Stow and Richard Baker, Hallam, 34. 75 Barlow, English Church, 119–37; P. Chaplais, ‘The Anglo-Saxon chancery: from the diploma to the writ’, Journal of the Society of Archivists, 3 (1966), 160–76; Keynes, Diplomas, 140, 137, 152–3. 76 M. T. Clanchy, From Memory to Written Record (London, 1979), 14–19.

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