The Battle of Hastings in 1066
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The Battle of Hastings in 1066

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What date was the Battle of Hastings fought?

October 14, 1066

What was the result of the Battle of Hastings?

The Norman-French army was victorious

Who was crowned king after the Battle of Hastings?


Study Notes

  • The Battle of Hastings was fought on October 14, 1066 between the Norman-French army of William, the Duke of Normandy, and an English army under the Anglo-Saxon King Harold Godwinson.

  • The battle was a decisive Norman victory, resulting in the English King Harold's death.

  • The background to the battle was the death of the childless King Edward the Confessor, which set up a succession struggle between several claimants to his throne.

  • Harold was crowned king shortly after Edwards death, but faced invasions by William, his own brother Tostig, and the Norwegian King Harald Hardrada.

  • Hardrada and Tostig defeated a hastily gathered army of Englishmen at the Battle of Fulford on 20 September 1066, and were in turn defeated by Harold at the Battle of Stamford Bridge five days later.

  • Harolds death, probably near the end of the battle, led to the retreat and defeat of most of his army.

  • After further marching and some skirmishes, William was crowned as king on Christmas Day 1066.

  • There continued to be rebellions and resistance to Williams rule, but Hastings effectively marked the culmination of Williams conquest of England.

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