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Battle Of Hastings Essay

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Why, William Duke of Normandy Won the Battle of Hastings.

In this essay I will write about and elaborate the main reasons why William Duke of Normandy won the battle of Hastings. This life changing battle happened on the 14th October 1066 on a misty morning on a shallow hillside in Hastings.

In the months running up to the battle Harold had heard rumours of invasion from his other claimants and had some decision making to do either:

Guard the north coast

Guard the south coast

Split his forces and do both

Ignore both invasions and get on with his job-being king

Do one at a time

As we already know Harold decided to do one at a time but he still had to make the decision of which order he would do it in. After long hours of thought and deliberation he decided to start with Harald Hardraada and was victorious in this combat. Then he walked down to Hastings where he was face to face with William Duke of Normandy's army and was not so lucky and was defeated.

One of Harold Godwineson's main downfalls was the fact that he had been in a previous battle with Harald Hardraada; as a result many of his best men had been killed. In addition to this on his walk down to Hastings a majority of Harold's men swapped with other soldiers and therefore had no time to discuss tactics.

Another downfall was if he had not had such a short temper and waited until his men had rested and were fit for battle instead of going down to fight immediately he and his soldiers would have had more energy to fight with.

William also won because he was far more prepared in the sense that he had gathered more soldiers and he had arranged them in a very sensible formation. Archers at the front behind there were the foot soldiers (infantry) and then finally were the...

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