1067. Northumbria, England
Fiery sign revolves, moves up and down
"In this year, truly, several people saw a sign; in appearance it was fire: it flamed and burned fiercely in the air; it came near to the earth, and for a little time quite illuminated it; afterwards it revolved and ascended up on high, then descended into the bottom of the sea; in several places it burned woods and plains. No man knew with certainty what this divined, nor what this sign signified. In the country of the Northumbrians this fire showed itself; and in two seasons of one year were these demonstrations."
The original account, in Gaimar's History of the English (in Chronicles and Memorials of Great Britain and Ireland during the Middle Ages. London: Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 1889, Kraus reprint, 1966) runs thus:
Many folks saw a sign
In likeness of fire it was,
In the air it greatly flamed and burned:
Towards the earth it approached,
For a little it quite lighted up.
Then it revolved above,
Then fell into the deep sea.
In many places it burnt woods and plains.
Reference for the above text is: Wonders in the Sky by Jacques Vallee and Chris Aubeck, pp. 92-93, © 2009.
Original reference: C. E. Britton, A Meteorological Chronology to A.D. 1450 (London: H.M.S.O., 1937), 44. Britton comments: "Anglo-Saxon Chronicle gives the date of the return from Normandy as December 6 but does not mention the auroral appearances." Also mentioned by Geoffrey Gaimar in L'Estoire des Engles solum la Translacion Maistre Geffri Gaimar, a 12th century manuscript.
UFOCAT PRN – 73279
UFOCAT URN – 73279 Invisible Residents by Ivan T. Sanderson, p. 32, © 1970
UFOCAT URN – NONE Wonders in the Sky by J. Vallee and C. Aubeck, pp. 92-93, © 2009
Europe – United Kingdom, Northumberland County
Northumberland Latitude 55-15-00 N, Longitude 002-00-00 W (D-M-S) [1st order adm. div.]
Northumbria Latitude 55-00-00 N, Longitude 002-30-00 W [administrative division]
Possible entry – North Sea at approximately Latitude 55-15 N, Longitude 1-00 W
Print this Page