Essay Bayeux Tapestry Experience

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Bayeux Tapestry Experience

Rachel Louderback

HUM111

Professor Lafferty

May 27, 2012

It was an honor to fight for Duke William's right to be crowned King in the battle of Hastings on the 14th of October 1066. The battle of Hastings was one of the most memorable and successful battles that I have ever participated in as a Norman soldier. The Duke of Normandy, William, prepared for the battle against the King of England, Harold, months in advance. It all started after the death of King Edward, the Confessor died the 5th of January 1066 without an official heir to the throne (BBC, 2011). The day after King Edwards death, Harold claimed the throne to be King Harold II of England, illegally. Once
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Us soldiers were never given the length in time we were going to be at this camp. Our time here was spent building parts of wooden castles that we were to take with us to the battle field. The smell of freshly cut wood once again made me and the other soldiers anxious to go into battle. While building and preparing ourselves for battle, some of us soldiers spoke of the land that Duke William had promised us when we conquered England. At one point it felt like I was never going to receive that land as for the days kept going by and no news of moving out had been spoken of. As the days went on, I noticed they started to become cooler. Finally late September, Duke Williams received the news that Harald Hardrada and Tostig launched their invasion of Northumbria. Our day to invasion of the south was coming fast.

It was just a few days after Duke Williams received the great news that our fleet of ships set sail. We all worked hard to load the ships with weapons, armor, pre-built wooden castles, food and drinks. The smell of the sea air never smelt any better than it did on that day. Battle was coming near and the promised land was just out of reach for me and the other soldiers. The sun was just about rising when our fleet landed in southern England near Hastings and it never looked anymore beautiful then it did on that day. William at once started commanding orders to us soldiers. He ordered