The battle of stamford bridge

The battle of stamford bridge

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  • The death of King Edward the Confessor in January 1066 had left the English throne open and lead to many different leaders eager to be king.
  • A contender for the throne was Harold Hardrada who arrived in the north coast of England with a fleet of 300 ships with 11,000 vikings on board, all eager to contribute to his expedition.
  • Harold Hardrada's army was later strengthened by forces owned by Tosig Godwinson, who was the brother of the king next in line for the English throne, Harold Godwinson.
  • The viking army sailed up the River Ouse and after a violent encounter with Morcar, Earl of Northumberland known as the Battle of Fulford
  • The vulnerable vikings were caught by surprise when the English Army struck their base and killed all who had left their armour and weapons in their ships.
  • Throughout the battle, Harold Hardrada and Tosig Godwinson were killed then the shield was broken and most that was left of the army was killed. Only 24 ships out of the 300 fleet where utilised to carry survivors back to Norway.
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