Battle: Hastings War: The Norman Conquest of England Date


King Harold is shown plucking the arrow from his eye: a scene from the Bayeux Tapestry



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King Harold is shown plucking the arrow from his eye: a scene from the Bayeux Tapestry

During the course of the battle William had three horses killed under him and was forced to ride round the field, his head bared, to reassure his army that he was unhurt; assisted by his half-brother Odo, Bishop of Bayeux, in rallying the Norman soldiers. A particularly savage fight developed around the position held by the now severely wounded Harold and his royal housecarles. Finally the Saxon King was killed, followed by his brothers, Earl Gurth and Earl Leofwin, and the remaining housecarles.

It was late afternoon and much of the remnants of the Saxon army gave way, fleeing the field; although a significant force continued to fight. The battle finally ended with all the remaining Saxons killed. The heaped bodies were cleared from the centre of the battlefield, William’s tent pitched and a celebratory dinner held.




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