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Battle Of Hastings

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The Battle of Hastings In October 14th 1066, William, Duke of Normandy, Harold Godwineson, Earl of Wessex and both their armies, fought a treacherous battle at Hastings to claim the throne of England. The battle lasted for nearly 9 hours and many men were killed in the process. But in the end, Harold was killed and William won the battle, thus claiming the throne. Here are the four main reasons behind William's victory. The first reason why William won the battle was because of his skills. An example of this is that when Harold put his army in a strong position on a hill, William was full of will power and was determined to destroy it. William also persuaded many powerful French nobles into joining his army and to fight for him by promising them land in England when victorious. ...read more.

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William also won because of the few mistakes made by Harold, such as: When William's men started running away, Harold sent his men to chase after them. It was actually a trick and the Normans killed them. Another example behind this is that Harold did not let his men rest before the battle and his men were already worn out and could not fight as well as they could with full energy. Harold also wasn't that good a strategist and put his men in a tightly packed formation, which made moving very difficult. And after the battle with Harald, he did not share his booty with his men and so many soldiers left his army. The final example of Harold's mistakes is that he chose to wait all summer for William in the south coast but instead the Vikings arrived first in the north. ...read more.

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This example is also linked to the fact that in the middle of the battle, Harold was killed, partly because his army was weaker now. Many of his men did not want to fight any longer without their leader and fled. And because of this, William was able to be leading in the battle. The last reason William won has something to do with the two armies. An example of this is William's men were heavily armoured and rode war horses and William had brought professional soldiers to join his army. But Harold's army was mostly made of untrained farmers and peasants. And so William's army was clearly the more powerful one allowing William to have an easy battle. Overall, I think the main reason for William winning the Battle of Hastings was his skill. This is because an un-skilled leader would not win a battle with pure luck and the advantage of his enemy's mistakes, let alone having a good army. ...read more.

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