Welcome to the Battle of Hastings 1066
This site will attempt to tell the story of the British Isles from the first Roman Invasion to the fateful culmination known as the
Battle of Hastings which was fought between King Harold II of England and Duke William of Normandy
The 14th October 1066
A date that changed the course of British history
The draught creation of The Battle of Hastings 1066 web site was completed in 1998. At that time, I had no idea that broadband or ADSL would be as ubiquitous in the home as it is today. I hope you agree that I inadvertently took the correct design path.
...... That is the nature and beauty of the beast ......
his is the story of the
Battle of Hastings that was fought on the 14th October 1066.
An event so significant, it completely changed the course of
English history. To speak of this battle without recourse to
the events that came before, would be an injustice to the
people of this island who have fought and died for her. What
makes this event so important to the English is the
immutable fact that it was the last time any foreign power
was to conquer her. Without doubt, a lesson that
became indelibly etched into this island race - for ever.
This must surely be the one conflict that every British
student and adult alike can recount - hopefully, along with
the naming of the two main protagonists.
his account consists of many
sections. Not all are required for an understanding of the
Battle of Hastings. They are included for those who are
interested in the early medieval history of the British
Isles. I am sorry to say that I am not an expert on
genealogy and cannot answer questions on this subject - but
refer you to other sites on the web.
have attempted to keep the
terminology to a minimum to facilitate reading. There are
many words used which have fallen from today's English. To
help your understanding, I have provided a comprehensive
glossary of obsolete words. I have also used the glossary to
include other historical characters who may not be mentioned
in the overall account.
lthough this site is about
the Battle of Hastings, It is only one of many battles that
have been fought in this land prior to 1066. Many of them
will be discussed in lesser detail. Each, in their own way,
have contributed to the history that culminated in the
Battle of Hastings in 1066.
hen compiling any historical
information such as this, it is difficult to know how much
detail to include, and to what academic level. It is
important that you find it visually and mentally
stimulating whilst comprehensive enough not to leave you
asking as many questions as have been answered. I have no
ambition to turn this into an epic or academic document. I
want to make it as enjoyable to as many people of differing
age ranges and ethnic backgrounds as possible. This account
is made up of many parts. It is not necessary to read all
these sections for a general understanding of events. If you
have further questions, these extra topics may hold the
his is a challenging subject
because much of what we know today are from very few people.
Many of the chroniclers were biased, used poetic license or
just plain jingoistic. I will attempt to be as unbiased an
"Englishman" as possible. In some sections I may
have been over critical with my comments about certain
people and their actions. We do have the Bayeux
Tapestry, which is probably the greatest source of
information on the battle that survives today.
s a resident of the town of
Battle, I have taken some interesting photographs. I hope
they will give you some idea of the area today. Some sites
are historically so important but remain un-visited by
tourists. If you ever visit 1066 Country, take time to see
them. I am sure you will not be disappointed.
know there are many
historians who will disagree with some of the information
contained here. To them, I offer my apologies. I can only
work with the information I have had available. There are
many versions of some events. It would be impossible to
include them all. I have therefore taken the most likely
scenario - where there is doubt. If you do notice any
discrepancies, disagree with my interpretation of certain
events or have further information that might be useful,
please e-mail me below.
quote from Arthur
Bryant from his book -
HOWEVER skilful a man may be in
writing--however natural his style--no one can write history
naturally. The array of facts which the historian has first
to collect is far too great. In my own work I generally find
that for perhaps a single paragraph 1 may have four or five
hundred typed or hand-written slips of paper--extracts and
notes from letters and books and documents. And the sense
and truth of all these have somehow to be worked into that
paragraph. its like a jig-saw puzzle. However carefully one
may have arranged one's material, however thoroughly one has
mastered it, to get it all down in the right and natural
order is a most difficult business. That is the fun of
writing history--its a test, like everything else worth
doing, of effort and endurance.
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- United Kingdom