I introduce sources to my Year 7 classes the same way every year. I look forward to it. It’s become a bit of a thing.
It happens when we do the death of Harold at Hastings. We begin with reading an account of the battle that acknowledges the controversy around the way he died, explaining that he could have been hacked to death by William’s knights, killed by an arrow or struck by the arrow and then finished off by the Norman cavalry.
This always bothers at least some members of the class. “But how did he die really?” they ask, full of confidence in my infallibility as a history oracle.
I shake my head sorrowfully. “It happened nearly a thousand years ago,” I say. “Everyone who was there is dead. We just don’t know for sure. If only we had a time machine that we could use to…
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