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Battle of Hastings. Kevin Kerr. Menu. Why. When. Interesting facts. When Cont. Bayuex Tapestry. Conclusion. Why.

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  • Why was there the battle of Hastings? The king of England, Edward the Confessor, died suddenly without any direct heir. Many people took claim to the throne. One was the famous William the Conqueror, then known as the Duke of Normandy. Harold Godwinson said the king’s death wish was for him to be the king. Harold Hadrada said he was related to king cantune who ruled England during 1016-1032. Edgar Aetheling claimed he was the closet living relative to Edward the confessor.
  • Around 9:30 in the morning William ordered his archers to start firing and his cavalry to attack the Housecarl shield wall. But the shield wall was increasingly strong and William suffered many casualties while fighting uphill. But the battle raged on. Midday some Normans retreated do to fierce fighting. Some Housecarls, anticipating victory over this group, left formation. A rumor started going around that duke William was dead. What if he was deadwhat would they do now? But when h heard this absurdity he called out and showed his face to prove that he wasn’t dead.
when cont
When (cont.)
  • The small Saxon force that ran down the hill was surrounded by cavalry and got their faces ripped off. The Normans needed away to defeat this wall. William remembered how the Housecarls ran after the retreating Normans. William ordered a false retreat. The Housecarls anticipating a win rushed down the hill after them cavalry surrounded them and they too got their faces ripped off. Hooray, William won. Not so sadly Harold Godwinson died in the fight.
bayuex tapestry
Bayuex Tapestry
  • The Bayeux Tapestry is a 230 foot 20 inch tall embroidery. It described the events of the battle of hastings. Contains hundreds of scenes depicting the event leading up to the battle and the battle. Though the tapestry doenst depict the battle with hadrada that hasting had before the Senlac.
interesting facts
Interesting Facts
  • Their were many differences in the stragys of the english and normans, The english spend the night drinking and being merry and altogether partieing. On the other hand the Normans spent the night confessing their sins to God. The English also had to battle the Vikings, while have hang overs, that were trying for the throne too. And his troops had to walk 300 miles in 9 days to meet Willaim and stop him from setting up a base on englands land.
  • The battle of Hasting was one of the bloodiest battles in the history of England. The out affected the history of England and maybe the world depending on the way you at it. William lost nothing in comparison to Hastings, who lost it all. The way the Baeyux tapestry treats the battle is quite interesting and the reasons why William won were very well thought out. Any one could tell William was going to win.
  • “The Bayeux Tapetry”.
  • “The Norman Conquest”.
  • “The Battle of Hastings 1066”.
  • “Battle of Hastings”.
  • ,9/22/05.
picture bibliography
Picture Bibliography
  • “War Scene” 9/22/05
  • “Battle Field setup”
  • “Spear fighters on horse back”
  • “Battle scene
  • “Knights with black armor”