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In 1066, it was a year of crisis. There were two bloody battles, namely the Battle of Stanford Bridge

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Joyce Chiu 7J In 1066, it was a year of crisis. There were two bloody battles, namely the Battle of Stanford Bridge and the Battle of Hastings. How did these battles happen? The King of England, Edward Confessor died on 5th January 1066. Harold Godwineson, Harald Hardraada and William (Duke of Normandy) all wanted to be the next King of England. ...read more.


He had no choice, but to march his soldiers to London. William's soldiers were stronger than the Saxons' soldiers. They were well trained, fully equipped with horses, bows and arrows. On the other hand, Harold's solders were part time soldiers who were farmers. Harold was badly prepared for the battle, and a lot of his soldiers were exhausted after the long march. ...read more.


The Norman cavalry attacked. The shield wall was strong, and the Normans suffered heavy casualties. There was fierce fighting on both sides. Again and again, the Normans attacked the Saxon shield wall. Around midday, William thought of a trick. His army pretended to retreat and let the Saxons ran after them so that the shield wall would break. The trick worked and Harold was killed. William won the Battle of Hastings, because of his luck, his skilful army and his trick. ...read more.

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