The Battle of Hastings
In 1066 October 14th the battle of hastings was fought between an English army under the leadership of Anglo Saxon king Harold and the Norman French army of the duke of Normandy,William.starting the Norman conquest of England, it took about eleven kilometer northwest of hasting, close to the present day town-battle .the Noman took home victory. The back ground of or what transpired to the battle was the death of the king Edward the confessor who was childless in the year 1066.it is because of this death that several people came to claim the throne. Harald claimed the throne and shortly he was given the crown after the death of Edward. This did not last for long as herald was overturned by his brother; William. This essay seeks to describe how the event in the battle began and how the battle of hasting is still recalled
Duke, of Normandy, Harold Godwinson, and earl of Wessex plus there army fought at a place called hasting. This battle did not take long because after 9 hour the battle was over. All this was to claim the throne of England. Unknown Numbers of men were killed in the battle but at the end William killed Harold and won the war. This enabled him take the throne of England. The battle of hasting was won by William because of various reasons, one, William had belter skills at that war this is seen when Harold put his powerful army on a hill but William was full of enough power and determination to kill and finish the war. William managed to strengthen his army by persuading the strong French noble to fight for him during battle as he promised them that he will give the land if hewins the war.This gave William a breakthrough to his battle.While Harold was busy in the battle with his enemy Harald Hardrada, William was successfully preparing his army for war and forced Harold into it hence managing to clinch the victory. At the battle William assures his army that he is ok by removing the helmet. This gave strength to the army. Harold made a mistake by following the army of William at the time they started evacuating. William used this opportunity to finish most of the soldiers and since he had directed that arrows should be focused above the shield, they got an advantage to kill some of the soldiers. Harold did not allow his soldier to at least take some rest after the war but instead he went to war directly. The battle of hasting turned to a horrible event since men lost their lives in the process. The Victory goes to the William side because William Had a well-established strategy of winning. The winds changed the direction allowing William to fully prepare the army. Harold is disadvantaged in this process because he was not lucky enough. All this happened due to strategy of winning and using Harold’s mistakes and weakness to win. Although Harold took professional soldiers to the war but William had a power army armored with horses and strong rods which acted as an advantage to William.Due to all this preparation and advantages of the wind and tricks, William managed to put an arrow through Harold’s eye and gave him the victory. William claimed the throne and established his rule in the England.
In conclusion the battle of hasting is a battle that has seen fights arise due to the death of the king.as a result many claimed the throne which later emerged to a war. Harold took the throne but was later overturned by his brother William. William strategies his tactics in the battle and finally he claimed the thrown after a big preparation of the battle. The battle of Hastings was mainly on the throne and to have power over England.
The Battle Of Hastings Why Did William Win?
The Battle of Hastings - Why Did William Win?
On the 14th of October 1066, Duke William of Normandy defeated King Harold at the Battle of Hastings. His win could be summed up by the fact that William was a better leader. Other factors that contributed to William’s victory include: William was better prepared, the English army was severely weakened as Harold had just fought off an invasion in the North of England, and Harold made a fatal mistake of prematurely entering the Battle of Hastings.
William was a better leader because although Harold had the upper hand in the battle and they were losing, William managed to outwit and defeat the English. In the Bayeux Tapestry there is a scene depicting that in the days preceding the Battle of Hastings, the wind direction changed and William and his army took this opportunity and managed to cross the Channel while Harold was still in the North. When they arrived, they made a fortified camp. William fed his troops, arranged them carefully and used them well in battle. Whilst in battle, William’s troops were getting killed because Harold’s troops had a strong position. Then he made a plan – he made his troops look like they were retreating and Harold and his army followed them, leaving their strong position on the hill, enabling William to defeat them as they walked into his trap.
William was better prepared for battle than Harold was. Although the numbers in their armies evenly matched, William’s army was made of heavily armed and well trained soldiers such as archers and knights, where as Harold’s troops were mainly untrained farmers. In the Bayeux Tapestry, it shows William’s army getting ready, embarking huge ships full of wood and supplies such as wine, weapons, and horses. There are also images of the knights in full battle armour riding out to war.
Another reason why William won the Battle of Hastings was because Harold’s army was severely weakened after hi previous battle at Stamford Bridge. Although he was victorious in both of them, his troops were exhausted and did not have sufficient energy to perform at their best. At the beginning of the battle, he managed get a good advantage - he positioned his troops on top of a hill, making it difficult for William to get to his army and attack him. However, towards the end of the battle, William set a trap to draw Harold from his strong position – and he fell for it. Once they were on even ground,...
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