think the idea that the Normans effected a
feigned retreat is hugely
Any tactical manouveres on the medieval battlefield were pretty hard
to accomplish, especially in the middle of a battle, especially as
response to a happy, earlier circumstance.
I think it far more likely that the Saxons played by the rule that a
retreating enemy is a just-about-to-beaten enemy, despite what their
eyes should have told them. This is an all-too-common battlefield
It is hardly surprising that the Saxons looked to attack down the hill.
After all they had marched the length of the country for this fight and
had just wiped out supposedly the toughest army and King around
at Stamford Bridge. Without impetuous behaviour from the Saxons
in offering battle, Duke William would have run out of supplies long
before the fight and faced superior numbers.
As it was, he was lucky to win.