He will give his angels charge of you,
To guard you in all your ways.
сряда, 28 ноември 2012 г.
A phantom fountain of blood is said to
appear at this haunted abbey, constructed by William I
(William the Conqueror) on the site of his victory over
King Harold at the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Normans
called the site Senlac, which means “Lake of Blood,” and
legend has it that the ground sweats blood after a rain.
The presence of iron in the soil probably accounts for the
reddish puddles of water, however.
William built the abbey to atone for the Normans’
slaughter of the defending Anglo-Saxons, and perhaps to
express his thanks to God for the victory. Within the
church, he constructed a High Altar on the spot where
Harold fell. Only a fi r tree stands there now. According
to legend, the phantom fountain of blood appears at this
spot to commemorate the great amount of Christian blood
that was shed in the battle.Henry VIII dissolved the monasteries in 1536 in his
break with the Catholic Church, and gave Battle Abbey
to Sir Anthony Browne in 1538. But during a celebratory
feast, Browne was cursed by an unhappy monk for taking
church property. The monk said Browne’s name would be
wiped from the land by fi re or water. Browne’s inherited
property, Cowdray Hall, which was passed down to Lord
Montague, burned down in 1793. A week later, the surviving
male in the family line, a viscount, was drowned in
the Rhine, and Browne’s lineage came to an end.
A phantom has been seen at Monk’s Walk at Battle
Abbey. Some believe it may be the monk who cursed
Browne. Modern owners of the abbey believe it is the
ghost of the Dutchess of Cleveland, who rented the abbey
for a time. An unknown ghost of an old woman terrifi ed
residents in the 19th century.
In 1932, a ghost monk was seen in the crypt by two
men holding a vigil there. The men also heard shuffl ing
footsteps and creaking boards in the room above them,
though it was paved with asphalt. They heard a man’s
voice singing part of the “Gloria in excelsis.”