Battle of Hastings

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  • Edward the Confessor, King of England dies on January 4th 1066. Harold Godwinson supposedly says that William will be King
  • Harold Gowinson becomes King of England by popular demand of the people and Witan on January 6th 1066
  • What a great day for me, I will rule this country wisely. What should I do about Harald Hardrada and William though?
  • How dare he take my throne. I am Harald Hardrada, and I'll take England by force if I have to. No-one fights as fiercly as the vikings
  • Harald Hardrada arrives in England and marches in land to Stamford near York
  • In an impressive battle at Stamford Bridge Harold defeats Harald Hardrada and forces him to retreat. It is now late in the year and it seems unlikely that William will attack until next year.
  • That'll learn you. No-one messes with England.
  • Before Harold Godwin could celebrate his victory. He heard news that the winds had changed and William had set sail. On September 28, 1066 he arrived at the coast of England with his army aboard boats.
  • Victory will be mine. Edward promised me the crown!
  • Haolrd marched his army south as fast as he could covering almost 50 miles day. He left behind many of his best soldiers as they hadn't recovered from the battle at Stamford Bridge. when he arrived he set up on top of Senlac Hill (Near Hastings).
  • I hope I make it in time. What if William steals all the treasures in the South before I can stop him.
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