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  • Harold had two types of soldiers in his army.
  • Housecarls
  • Fyrd
  • The Norman Army were highly trained, full time professional soldiers.
  • ‘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.’
  • During the battle, ‘The Normans imagined their Duke was dead, but he rushed after them and showed his bared head. “Look at me!” he shouted, “I’m still alive.”
  • Third stage: 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.
  • Second stage; ‘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.’
  • Fourth stage; The shield wall collapses and Harolds brother is killed. 
  • “Receiving the fatal arrow from a distance, Harold died. One of the Norman soldiers with a sword then cut off his leg as he lay.”
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