The Battle of Hastings

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Who: William, Duke of Normandy and Harold Godwinson, King of England

What: The Battle of Hastings

Where: Battle, near Hastings in South England

Why: For the throne of England

When: 14th October 1066

“Innumerable multitudes … perished through me by famine or the sword.” – William the Conqueror

A battle fought for the supremacy of England in 1066, Harold II’s kingship was challenged by William II, Duke of Normandy, and Harold Hardraade. After defeating Hardraade’s Viking army at the Battle of Stamford Bridge on 28th September, Harold hastily marched south to meet the only remaining threat to his crown: William. They met six miles away from Hastings in what is now a conveniently named town called Battle on the 14th October. Harold was comprehensively defeated, losing his life in the process (via an arrow to the eye, some sources claim). William consolidated his victory and became William the Conqueror, King of England on Christmas Day. For more information, the Bayeux Tapestry (which wasn’t made in Bayeux, and isn’t a tapestry) is like a Norman comic book describing the battle.

 

Further Reading:

http://www.bayeuxtapestry.org.uk/

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Hastings

http://www.english-heritage.org.uk/daysout/properties/1066-battle-of-hastings-abbey-and-battlefield/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/normans/1066_01.shtml

The scene of Harold’s death from the Bayeux (England) Tapestry (Embroidery). Note the arrow poking out his eye, but he is badass enough to smile and try to pull it out.

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