29 SEPTEMBER 1906, Page 16


[To THE EDITOR OF THE "SPECTATOR.") SIR,—In your review of "Memorials of Old Somerset" in the Spectator of September 15th you have adopted the now generally received opinion that the scene of the battle of Badon Hill mast be looked for within the borders of the county. Dr. Guest in his " Early English Settlements "showed the impossibility of the battle having been fought so far

to the west as Somerset, and he fixed its site at Badbury Rings, in East Dorset. His 'view was accepted by .T. R. Green (" Making of England," p. 89, n. 2), blur been followed by other writers, and is now, I think, held by almost every student of English history.—I am, Sir, &c., J. A. J. HOTISDEN.