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Reiver 2 Lyr Req: who wrote the Woad Song? (96* d) RE: Lyr Req: who wrote the Woad Song? 15 Jun 10


Hi Micca. I have a copy of '1066 and All That' and have read it several times. I can find no reference to woad except on page 2 in the statement, "...but the Ancient Britons... painted themselves true blue, or woad, and fought as heroically under their dashing queen, Woadicea, as they did later in thin red lines..." Did I miss something?

[BTW, I can't help wondering if the 'thin red line' was an outgrowth of the practice of the ancient Briton's, as noted by Gurney, of painting a white stripe down their chests -- the notable "white stripe down the middle of the woad"?]

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