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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    A Norman knight looking back at William. Bayeux Tapestry, embroidery (11th).


    The Norman cavalry rushes into battle. Bayeux Tapestry, embroider (11th).


    Norman calvary encounters Saxon infantry. Bayeux Tapestry, embroidery (11th).


    Saxon infantry in chainmail and visored helmets, with spears and large shields, holds off the Norman attack. Bayeux Tapestry, embroidery (11th).


    A cavalry attack. Bayeux Tapestry, embroidery (11th).


    King Harold's brothers, Lewine and Gyrd, die in battle. Bayeux Tapestry, embroidery (11th).


    Horses tumbling as the battle rages. Bayeux Tapestry, embroidery (11th).


    Norman calvary attacks a hill defended by Saxon infantry. Bayeux Tapestry, embroidery (11th).


    Mustachioed soldier with battle-axe. Bayeux Tapestry, embroidery (11th).


    Some two hours into the battle, William was thrown off his horse. He is seen here remounted, uncovering his face to show his men that he is alive and well. Bayeux Tapestry, embroidery (11th).


    A Norman archer and his bow. Bayeux Tapestry, embroidery (11th).


    A Saxon soldier receives a deadly blow from a Norman cavalryman. Bayeux Tapestry, embroidery (11th).


    King Harold's army is fiercely attacked and anihilated. Bayeux Tapestry, embroidery (11th).


    A mailcoat is drawn over the head of a dead soldier who is left lying naked. Lower border of the Bayeux Tapestry, embroidery (11th).


    King Harold receives a deadly blow. Bayeux Tapestry, embroidery (11th).


    On October 14, 1066 William Duke of Normandy won the Battle of Hastings and became King of England. Since then he was known as William the Conqueror. Saxons fleeing before the onslought of the Norman cavalry. Bayeux Tapestry, embroidery (11th).


    Falaise Castle. William Duke of Normandy was born here in 1028. The present fortress was built on the site of the earlier castle, about 100 years after William's birth.


    Pevensey Castle, on the beach of the Norman landing, Great Britain.


    Hastings Castle - ruins of the main gate.


    The shallow valley between Telham Hill and Senlac Hill, north of Hastings, where William the Conqueror's army assembled for battle on October 14, 1066, at nine in the morning.


    The hill where King Harold received deadly wounds during the Battle of Hastings, October 1066


    Saxon sword found in the Thames River, probably from the time of the Norman conquest in 1066.


    Scale model of the Battle of Hastings, fought in 1066.


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