Senlac Hill

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A mixed media (acrylic, fabric scraps) depiction of an ancient battle site. This was exhibited in Crossing Borders at Altered Esthetics last year.

Senlac Hill was the site of the Battle of Hastings, in which King Harold II attempted to defend England against Norman invaders from across the Channel. I think this battle is a very interesting episode in history because both sides were people who had migrated from other lands and undergone some degree of transculturation and assimilation. It represents layer upon layer of cultural clashes, compromises, and exchanges.

Linguistic fun (from Wikipedia): Senlac Hill was originally known in English as Santlache (“Sandy Stream”), which the Normans punned into Sanguelac (“Blood Lake”) which was then shortened to Senlac.

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