The Battle of Hastings 1066

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What was the approximate ratio of infantry to cavalry and archers in the Norman-French army?

What date was the Battle of Hastings fought on?

What happened after the Battle of Hastings?

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  • The Battle of Hastings was fought on October 14, 1066, between the Norman-French army of William, 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 a Norman victory. Harold was killed near the end of the battle, which 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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Test your knowledge of the Battle of Hastings, a significant event in English history that led to the Norman conquest of England. Explore the key details of the battle and its aftermath.

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