Battle of Hastings 1066

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What was the main composition of the English army?

Infantry and archers

What was the main composition of the English army?

Infantry

True or false: The English army had more archers than the Norman-French army.

False

What day was William crowned as king?

December 25

How did Harold attempt to surprise William?

By ambushing

True or false: Harold Godwinson was crowned as king after the Battle of Hastings.

False

What day was William crowned king?

December 25

True or false: William was crowned king on Christmas Day 1066.

True

What marked the culmination of William's conquest of England?

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 English army was composed almost entirely of infantry and had few archers, whereas only about half of the invading force was infantry, the rest split equally between cavalry and archers.

  • Harold appears to have tried to surprise William, but scouts found his army and reported its arrival to William, who marched from Hastings to the battlefield to confront Harold.

  • The battle lasted from about 9 am to dusk and ended in Harold's death. 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.

Test your knowledge about the Battle of Hastings, a decisive conflict between the Norman-French army of William, the Duke of Normandy, and the English army under King Harold Godwinson in 1066. Explore pivotal details and outcomes of this historic event.

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