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This Month in History: October 14th, 1066

The Battle of Hastings

You may have heard of the Duke of Normandy, but did you know that in this month in the good old year of 1066, he successfully defeated the very last Saxon king of England and won the Battle of Hastings? That Saxon king, named Harold Godwinson, was crowned shortly after the death of Edward the Confessor in January of the same year. Just after crowning, he faced invasions by the Normans, the Norwegians, and even his own brother!

The odds seem unfortunately stacked against poor Harold. When the Duke of Normandy landed, his men outnumbered the unfortunate Saxon king by at least a few thousand. The Duke outsmarted Harold by having more of his army be archers and cavalry as well as infantrymen, while the Saxons had mostly infantrymen and a few archers.

Poor Harold died most likely at the end of the battle and our new hero, that Duke from Normandy, was crowned king on Christmas day of 1066. Today, he is also commonly known as William the Conqueror, and he began a new chapter in English history.

 

 

To find more information on the subject visit, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Hastings

 

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