Friday, October 14, 2011

The Battle of Hastings

"The Battle of Hastings occurred on 14 October 1066 during the Norman conquest of England, between the Norman-French army of Duke William II of Normandy and the Anglo-Saxon army of King Harold II. It took place at Senlac Hill, approximately 10 km (61⁄4 miles) northwest of Hastings, close to the present-day town of Battle, East Sussex, and was a decisive Norman victory.

Harold II was killed in the battle—legend has it that he was shot through the eye with an arrow. Harold II became the last English king to die in battle on English soil until Richard III was killed at the Battle of Bosworth Field. The battle marked the last time a foreign invasion of the British Isles had been successful. Although there was further English resistance, this battle is seen as the point at which William gained control of England, becoming its first Norman ruler as King William I."

(Click here to go to the page I got this information on the battle of Hastings from; and to read more).

7 comments:

Intense Guy said...

That battle is nearing on thousand years ago. I wonder if there is anything left of the battle field to "visit"? I know this battle happened not far from your new place. :) You must live in a fairly ancient town.

That corgi :) said...

I'm sure there is so much history around where you live. Do they do anything to remember this battle? I know I used to live in Montana where they had the famous battle between Custer and Native Americans. Every year around the battle time, they recreate the battle for people to observe if they want to.

have a good day!

betty

Rita said...

Is this close to your new place? Can't imagine something almost 1000 years ago. We're just a baby country over here. ;)

AliceKay said...

Makes one stop to think, doesn't it?

Toriz said...

Everyone:
Yes, this is near where we live now; the battlefield is at a place called "Battle" (funnily enough) that isn't too far from here, and each year there's a "Hastings Week" with events happening to commemorate the battle, some of which involve going to the battlefield. If we had the time (and money) to arrange to do so, we would have probably gone to the battlefield and joined in; maybe next year?

AliceKay said...

Something to look forward to next year, Tori. :)

Toriz said...

*Nods at AK*