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Why did William the Conquerer win the battle of hastings

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Why William the Conqueror Won the Battle of Hastings On 14th October 1066, a battle took place that changed England forever. Earlier that year, Edward the Confessor had died without a direct heir, several contestants all fight for the throne of their dreams, including: William of Normandy and Harold Godwinson. The Witan (an association of bishops and other important men) decided that Harold should be king. William is not pleased and decided to invade. As he and his Norman fleet landed at Pevensley Bay in Southern England; King Harold marched his tired Saxon troops south to block their invasion. The two met at Senlac Hill, near Hastings and the Battle of Hastings commenced... ...read more.

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Horses were a very important part of the army as they can charge better than men, so they made breaking through Harold's shield wall a lot easier for William. Moreover, William himself was a very skilled and courageous soldier. He led his forces tactically, holding them when they turned to run, giving them courage, sharing their danger. He was more often heard shouting them to follow him than ordering them to go on ahead. At about two hours into the battle, a rumour started to spread that nobody had seen William for half an hour. William wasn't dead at all, he bravely lifted his helmet and shouted, "Look at me! I'm alive, and with God's help, will be the victor." ...read more.

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They repeated this process several times and each time some Normans chased them and were killed. The shield wall was gradually weakened like this. After about three tries, William ordered his archers to rain arrows down on Harold's men. This was a very clever tactic because the Saxons had formed a shield wall on the top of the hill, so the only way to kill people behind the wall was to fire arrows over the wall and let them rain down. At about 6pm Harold was killed, an arrow in the eye may have wounded him first. The disembowelled body was identified by the Normans that evening and buried near the seashore. Now I've made all my points, why did William win the battle f Hastings? Was it William's great courage or Harold's dreadful luck or maybe all of these points combined? There are secrets still yet to be uncovered... ...read more.

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