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    Harold was fighting on foot in the centre of his army. Unfortunately what he gain in moral he lost in control. All the Saxons had to do was hold their position and keep their shieldwall intact. If they could do that, William would be defeated. As the Bretons ran, the Fyrd on Harold's right followed with hoots of victory. They raced down the hill and hunted their enemy all the way behind the original Norman lines. Here they found themselves in the marshy bottom of the valley. Cut off from their fellows and without the protection of the shieldwall, William saw his chance. He brought his cavalry across the battlefield and hit the isolated Saxons in the rear who were slaughtered to a man. Realising that he had the advantage of better discipline, William engineered several fake "retreats" with similar results. Despite this tactic the shieldwall remained.
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The Battle of Hastings: sources and ... - Stephen Morillo - Google Books - 0 views

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    The Battle of Hastings: sources and interpretations By Stephen Morillo
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Why did Harold Godwinson Lose The Battle Of Hastings - 0 views

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    Harold lost the battle of Hastings for many reasons some say it's because of his men as William had hundreds of TRAINED men with armor and swords and with all the front line of the soldiers being on horse back while Harold had farmers with pitch forks and anything they could get there hands on (and all were on foot so this gave William an advantage of being able to swoop down and kill those below them).
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History - William I (William the Conqueror) - 0 views

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    The two armies met at Senlac Hill outside of Hastings with William setting out his army with the archers at the front, then the infantry and the cavalry at the rear. Harold meanwhile had taken up a position on higher ground on a narrow 800 yard long ridge but this was a bad mistake as it restricted his troops movement and made it almost easy for an experienced campaigner like William.
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Regia Anglorum - The Battle of Hastings - 0 views

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    The fight for Senlac Ridge on October 14th 1066 is probably the only battle date that most Englishmen can be expected to remember. Nearly a thousand years after the event, the memory of the resounding defeat of the last native Saxon King and his army rings down the centuries. But why did the battle take place? Why did William the Bastard, Duke of Normandy, think that he had a claim to the English throne in the first place. Or was it just an adventure; an enormous gamble that paid off and changed the course of world history in the course of an autumn day?
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Harold « Thoughts Medieval - 0 views

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    At Hastings, Harold used no archers, and there is no evidence that the Saxons ever really fielded a calvary force.  Horses were used to get from one place to another, but then were typically removed from the field of battle which was then fought on foot.  William's use of both calvary and archers wold show the short-sidedness of the Saxon's tactics.
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Norman Conquest - 0 views

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    After an hour of battle, the Norman army suffered heavy casualties. Seeing this, the undisciplined English army were tempted to pursue the enemy. They broke their formations and dispersed. As they were no longer protected by the shield wall, the Norman invaders led by William, could easily attack and kill the Englishmen. By the time, the English army realised that it was counter-attacked, it was too late.
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What mistakes did Harold make at the Battle of Hastings - 0 views

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    Harold made mistakes by having two battles in the same period of time, and using the wrong weapons. Harold should have waited before engaging battle with the Normans; The Normans burned the lands they pillaged through and consequently would have eventually had to return back to Normandy in order to get food.
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