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Title: The Battle of Hastings, 1066


1
The Battle of Hastings, 1066
  • By Mr RJ Huggins

2
The Saxon Army
  • Harold had two types of soldiers in his army

During the Battle of Hastings, one Housecarl
managed to cut his way through the neck of a
horse to kill its rider with just one blow!
3
The Saxon Army
  • Harold had two types of soldiers in his army

4
The Norman Army
These are highly trained, full time
professional soldiers!
5
The Battlefield
Harolds Housecarls
Unsuitable for horsemen
6
The Start of the Battle
The blowing of trumpets announced the start of
the battle on both sides. Eager and brave
Normans were the first to attack. The English
threw javelins and missiles of all sorts, dealing
out savage blows with their axes.
William of Poitiers
7
The Start of the Battle
8
Early Stages of the Battle
The English were helped by the advantage of
their high position which, massed tightly
together they held without attempting to advance.
The weapons which they fought with easily cut
through shields and other protective armour.
Aha, Im going to try me some French frogs legs!
William of Poitiers
9
The Normans start running away
The Normans imaged their Duke was dead, but he
rushed after them and showed his bared head.
Look at me! he shouted, Im still alive.
10
A Cunning Plan!
When the Normans retreated a thousand Saxon
Warriors left the protection of the Shield Wall
to chase after the Normans. They were
easily Killed by the Norman Horsemen!
What was Williams Cunning Plan?
Hey Lads, I have a plan!
Duke William
11
Second Stage Cunning Plan!
Oh Oh!
12
Second Stage Cunning Plan!
They withdrew, pretending to turn in flight.
Some thousand or more of the English rushed
forward suddenly the Normans turned their
horses, cut off the force which was pursuing
(chasing) them, encircled them and massacred
(killed) them to the last man. Twice the Normans
used this trick with equal success.
William of Poitiers
13
Third Stage The Archers
  • The Shield Wall was weakened but still strong,
    so William orders his Archers to aim high to
    distract the Saxons whilst he led another charge.

14
Fourth StageThe Shield Wall Collapses
Harolds brothers are killed.
15
Final Stage Death of Harold
William sends in a hit squad of Normans to kill
King Harold
16
Aftermath
17
The Battlefield Today
King Harold was killed here
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