Today in the Middle Ages: October 14, 1066

The Battle of Hastings was fought on October 14, 1066 between William the Bastard's Norman forces and the Saxon defenders under King Harold II. It changed forever the culture and language of the British Isles.

William was not simply an invader. Historical accounts state that Edward the Confessor, Harold's predecessor, had sworn to make William his heir. On his deathbed, however, he reportedly commended his kingdom to Harold's care. Some sources say Edward denied ever making the promise.

William built an abbey on the site of the battle, where it still stands.

Made the English Language Stronger

When England kicked the French out ... few could speak English and all spoke French, whom they hated.

By adding ed, tion, ing and perhaps s to the endings of words ... and already having what few other historic languages had ... present, past and future tense ... the most powerful language on earth was born ... French was dropped ... and English has prospered ever since.

In the Greek you can not say "once saved always saved" it is impossible. It contains ideas as to timing that simply do not exist in the Greek.