The Battle of Hastings

The Battle of Hastings

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  • The fight was fought on Senlac Hill, seven miles from Hastings, England.
  • One of the leaders, Harold, was shot in the eye with an arrow and according to legend his forces were destroyed along with him. He was the last Anglo-Saxon King
  • Just over 2 weeks before, William, the duke of Normandy, invaded England, claiming his right to the English throne.
  • In 1051, William is believed to have visited England and met with his cousin Edward the Confessor, the childless English King.
  • According to Norman historians, Edward promised to make William his heir.On his deathbed, however, Edward granted the kingdom to Harold Godwine, head of the leading noble family in England and more powerful than the king himself.
  • In January 1066, King Edward died, and Harold Godwine was proclaimed King Harold II. William immediately disputed his claim. On September 28, 1066, William landed in England at Pevensey, on Britain’s southeast coast, with approximately 7,000 troops and cavalry. Seizing Pevensey, he then marched to Hastings, where he paused to organize his forces. On October 13, Harold arrived near Hastings with his army, and the next day William led his forces out to give battle.
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