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
| lease note that this site is 25Mb and consists of 95000 words. It also comprises of over 300 graphics and photographs. There are many maps and diagrams which need to be viewed at a higher colour resolution for overall clarity. This account has been designed at 1024 X 768 pixels and a minimum 65000 colours. There are Google search boxes at the bottom of various pages that will display the results of your search on either of the related sited. The timelines are also interactive. If you wish to find a particular event or period, you will be able to locate it from there. I know a few of the pages are long and may take some time to load. This is due to the heavy graphical content of the site. I make no apologies for this because I consider “a picture is worth a thousand words”. Likewise, you do not start a book at the last chapter. If you are interested in this account, I hope you will eventually understand why I prefer you to read it in some form of chronological order. This is a large site. Please don’t try and absorb it all at once. If it interests you, do come back a little and often. It is the best way .
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 answers.
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 –
” The Makers of the Realm ”
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.
can only agree with this statement. He may have run out of paper, but I would surely have run out of web space long ago if I had included everything.