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Why did William win the battle of Hastings? 1066 was the time of the medieval period, home to one of the most famous battles in British history: the battle of Hastings. Although there are many reasons for why William of Normandy won the war, it was based not only on their success, but some of Harold Godwin's failures. Harold Godwin was crowned as king as soon as his predecessor, Edward the Confessor, died. However, there were some problems. Edward had already promised the throne to William of Normandy and that had in fact sent Harold to Normandy to confirm this promise, or at least that is what William claimed, although he easily could of made this up to swing the favour to his side for when he won; the English were suspicious enough. ...read more.

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Harald Hardrada had arrived in the north. Harold then had to make an important decision: wait to see if William arrived, or go and fight Harald in the north. In the end he had no choice but to go up north and defend that part of the country. The English fought a great battle, and thrashed Harald. However, in their absence, the winds over the channel changed, and the Normans arrived on the coast, well prepared, well rested, and ready to fight. Edward's troops were tired by the time they got back down to the south, having already fought an important battle, and were nowhere near prepared to fight a war; their fighters were tired, and many of them were left behind while moving down south. ...read more.

Conclusion

The English, being tired and injured, were already weak and could barely withstand this attack. Then rumours went round claiming that Harold Godwin, their leader, was dead, shot down by an arrow in his eye. This was the turning point. It was then that his troops started to retreat, or at least what was left of them. Those who could not were left behind and killed by the Normans. It seems obvious now that both sides in the battle had equal amount of skill and preparation, but that only one had enough luck to win the final battle. It could have turned out differently, if perhaps, the wind had not changed when Harold was away, or maybe if Harald Hardrada had not tried to invade at all. It seems, if these things had not happened, there would have been a very different outcome. ...read more.

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