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This is about the Battle of Hastings. But before we get to that, we need to know what went before. The Battle of Hastings, 1066. 1. Housecarls. These were full time professional soldiers who were well trained & paid. The Saxon Army. Harold had two types of soldiers in his army:. 2. Fyrd.

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This is about the battle of hastings

This is about the Battle of Hastings

But before we get to that, we need to know what went before


The battle of hastings 1066

The Battle of Hastings, 1066


The saxon army

1. Housecarls

These were full time professional soldiers who were well trained & paid.

The Saxon Army

Harold had two types of soldiers in his army:


The saxon army1

2. Fyrd

These were part time, unpaid soldiers who were called up when the country was in danger.

The Saxon Army

Harold had two types of soldiers in his army:


The norman army

Spearmen

Horsemen / Calvary

Archers

The Norman Army


The battlefield

The Battlefield


The start of the battle

The Start of the Battle

‘The blowing of trumpets announced the start of the battle on both sides. Eager and brave Normans were the first to attack. The English threw javelins and missiles of all sorts, dealing out savage blows with their axes.’

William of Poitiers


The start of the battle1

Bayeux Tapestry, The Normans attack the Saxon Shield Wall

The Start of the Battle


Early stages of the battle

Early Stages of the Battle

‘The English were helped by the advantage of their high position which, massed tightly together they held without attempting to advance. The weapons which they fought with easily cut through shields and other protective armour.’

William of Poitiers


Early stages of the battle1

Early Stages of the Battle

Aha, I’m going to try me some French frogs legs!


The normans start running away

The Normans start running away

‘The Normans imaged their Duke was dead, but he rushed after them and showed his bared head. “Look at me!” he shouted, “I’m still alive.”


This is about the battle of hastings

He Lads,

I have a plan!

What was William’s

Cunning Plan?


This is about the battle of hastings

When the Normans

retreated a thousand

Saxon Warriors left

the protection of the

Shield Wall to chase

after the Normans.

They were easily

Killed by the Norman

Horsemen!


This is about the battle of hastings

  • Normans pretend to run away

  • They then turn around and splatter the Saxons who are chasing after them!


Second stage cunning plan

Second Stage: Cunning Plan!

‘They withdrew, pretending to turn in flight. Some thousand or more of the English rushed forward; suddenly the Normans turned their horses, cut off the force which was pursuing (chasing) them, encircled them and massacred (killed) them to the last man. Twice the Normans used this trick with equal success.’

William of Poitiers


Third stage the archers

Third Stage: The Archers

The Shield Wall was weakened but still strong, so William orders his Archers to aim high to distract the Saxons whilst he led another charge.


Fourth stage the shield wall collapses

Fourth Stage:The Shield Wall Collapses

Harold’s brothers are killed.


Final stage death of harold

Final Stage: Death of Harold

King Harold, arrow in the eye, ouch!


Final stage death of harold1

Guy of Amein, 1067

“Then it was with an arrow which was shot towards the sky, struck Harold above the right eye.”

Final Stage: Death of Harold


Final stage death of harold2

William of

Mamesbury, 1125

“Receiving the fatal arrow from a distance, he died. One of the Norman soldiers with a sword then cut off his leg as he lay.”

Final Stage: Death of Harold


Or is that the way it was

Or is that the way it was?

  • Left Detail: Harold's death scene drawn by Antoine Benoît 1729. From a photograph loaned by Dr David Hill & John McSween; reproduced by kind permission of the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris.


Or this

Or this?

  • Right Detail: Engraving of Charles Stothard's drawing made in the early 19th century. Reproduced from 'The Battle of Hastings 1066' by Dr M.K. Lawson, Tempus publishing Ltd 2002.


So what happened

So what happened

  • Notice the discrepancies between Antoine Benoît's original drawing and the Stothard engraving made some 90 years later. Some historians now believe that the tapestry interpretation of King Harold II shown with an arrow in the eye is due to an error in judgement.


This is about the battle of hastings

  • Look again. The man with arrow in his eye is clearly alive

  • The label in Latin says

  • Here King Harold was killed.

  • Could Harold be the dead man on the horse? Some historians think so


What about the symbolism

What about the symbolism?

  • It was common medieval iconography (symbolism) that a perjurer dies with a weapon through the eye, thus the tapestry suspiciously emphasises William's rightful claim to the throne, since Harold broke his oath to William and thus died with an arrow in his eye. Whether he actually died in this way remains a mystery and much debated


Aftermath

Once King Harold and his brothers are dead the rest of the Saxon army runaway.

Aftermath


The battlefield today

The Battlefield Today

King Harold was killed here

maybe ….


Now for homework

Now for Homework


You are to write a short newspaper report

You are to write a SHORT newspaper report

  • For either of these 2 papers

  • The Saxon SunThe Norman Star

  • Based on “their respective” perspectives, write about The Battle of Hastings. Include:

    • The Opponents

    • Why Battle Occurred

    • Tactics

    • Outcome of Battle

    • Impact on England


The important points are

The important points are ..

  • It must be short – no more than 150 words

  • These newspaper are like the NY Post

  • They write in short sentences

  • They use words that are BIASED

  • In support of THEIR opinion!


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