Battle of Hastings

14 October 1066

The Battle of Hastings was the decisive Norman victory in the Norman Conquest of England. It was fought between the Norman army of Duke William II of Normandy and the English army of King Harold II. The battle took place on October 14 1066 at Senlac Hill, approximately 6 miles northwest of Hastings, close to the present-day town of Battle, East Sussex. The famous Bayeux Tapestry depicts the events before and during the battle.

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    Construction of the Norman ships. Bayeux Tapestry, embroidery (11th).


    Constructing the Norman Fleet. Detail of 31-01-01/24 Bayeux Tapestry, embroidery (11th).


    The Normans prepare their fleet for the crossing of the Channel; chain mail and wine casks are carried aboard. Bayeux Tapestry, embroidery (11th).


    The Normans load their boats for the crossing of the Channel. Chain mail and arms are carried aboard. Detail of 31-01-01/26 Bayeux Tapestry, embroidery (11th).


    The Normans load their boats for the crossing of the Channel. Cart with wine casks, detail of 31-01-01/26. Bayeux Tapestry, embroidery (11th).


    The Normans cross the Channel. Four knights on horseback on board of a ship. Bayeux Tapestry, embroidery (11th).


    The Norman Fleet sets sail for England. Bayeux Tapestry, embroidery (11th).


    William of Normandy's boat arrives on Pevensey Beach. Bayeux Tapestry, embroidery (11th).


    The Norman Fleet lands at Pevensey, Sept. 26-27, 1066. 3000 sailboats carrying 8000 men and 2000 horses crossed the Channel from Somme to Pevensey. With favourable winds, the crossing took them as long as the Allied fleet in 1944. Bayeux Tapestry, embroidery.


    The Norman Fleet lands at Pevensey beach. Masts are lowered and the horses led off the boats. Bayeux Tapestry, embroidery (11th).


    Preparation of the first meal after the Channel crossing. Two servants hang a kettle over a fire. Bayeux Tapestry, embroidery (11th).


    The first meal ashore: Servants fry and serve cuts of meat. Bayeux Tapestry, embroidery (11th).


    The first meal ashore. Servants roast fowls on spits. Bayeux Tapestry, embroidery (11th).


    A servant blows the horn to announce that dinner is ready. Bayeux Tapestry, embroidery (11th).


    The first meal ashore, a dinner in honour of William, Duke of Normandy, who is seen here sitting among his Barons. Bishop Odon de Conteville blesses the meal. Bayeux Tapestry, embroidery (11th).


    The first meal ashore. William of Normandy feasting with his barons and his half-brother, the Bishop Odon de Conteville. Detail of 31-01-01/38 Bayeux Tapestry, embroidery (11th).


    Soldiers (or local helpers) shoulder shovels to dig trenches and build a fortified camp. Bayeux Tapestry, embroidery (11th).


    Norman soldiers set fire to a house which stands in the army's way. Bayeux Tapestry, embroidery (11th).


    Two naked people in the upper register. It may be a love scene, or magic and sorcery, a side-show while the main events take place in the center strip. Bayeux Tapestry, embroidery (11th).


    A naked couple in the upper register. It may be a love scene, or magic and sorcery, a side-show while the main events take place in the centre strip. Bayeux Tapestry, embroidery (11th).


    The Norman cavalry advances in battle order through the valley between Telham and Senlac Hill. Bayeux Tapestry, embroidery (11th).


    William's knights advance and learn that the enemy is near. Bayeux Tapestry, embroidery (11th).


    The Norman calvary advances in good order. Bayeux Tapestry, embroidery (11th).


    William, Duke of Normandy, makes an harangue to his advancing troops. Bayeux Tapestry, embroidery (11th).


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