Here we sea the coffin of Edward the confessor that died in January 5 1066. Edward was the an Anglo-Saxon king and even the last.
When Edward died many people wanted to replace him. But there were three contenders: Harold Godwinson, Harald Hardrada, and William duke of normandy. So they argued a lot.
In the early morning of 14 October 1066, two great armies prepared to fight for the throne of England. On a hilltop 7 miles from Hastings were the forces of Harold, who had been crowned king nine months earlier. Facing them on the far side of the valley below were the troops of Duke William .
Harold had a shield wall on the hill. The Normans climbed the hill towards the Saxons who locked their shields together into a 'shield wall'. This was their traditional way of defending themselves and it was very hard for The normans to break through it, even whilst mounted on their horses. William used Archers to break up the shield wall.