The Battle of Hastings

After King Alfred defeated the Danes, the people of England lived in peace.  This peace however was broken by William of Normandy.

When Edward I died, the people realized that he had left no heir. The people of England voted on who they wanted.  They picked the Earl of Wessek, Harold Godwinson.  Harold’s succession to the throne caused a lot of disputes.  Harald of Norway thought that he had more right to the throne of England than Harold of Wessek did.  Harald teamed up with Harold’s brother Tostig.  King Harold Saxon’s met Harald’s and Tostig’s men at Stamford Bridge.  Thus was entered The Battle of Stamford Bridge.  After a long and bloody battle the Saxon’s defeated the Norwegians. Harald of Norway and Tostig were both killed in this hideous battle. This battle killed two birds with one stone, not only was Harold able to keep is throne the battle also ended the Viking age.  But King Harold troubles were far form over.

William of Normandy believed he was the rightful successor and that Edward I had appointed him as king.  William organized an army and sailed for England.  King Harold had to drag his form the north of England all the way to the south of England.  This 250 mile march was made in three days.  William and Harold met at Sinlack Hill near the town of Hastings on October 14, 1066.  Harold led his Saxons to the top of the hill, and William led his men at the bottom of the ridge.  The Battle of Hastings was thus ushered in.  Charge after charge William led his men up the hill but Harold and his Saxon’s drove them back.  On one attack the Saxon’s forced the Normans to retreat.  But the day was not to be the Saxon’s.  William turned on the pursuing Saxon’s and crushed them.  Then William told his archers to shot high and long.  This weakened the Saxon’s even more.  Finely an arrow shot by an unknown archer hit King Harold in the eye.  He died and the Saxon’s were routed.

After a short siege of Loudon, William entered the city and crowned on Christmas Day, 1066.  Thus began the Norman conquest of England.

Samuel Duarte


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