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Freigned Defeat

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once. Should a feigned retreat work, however, usually by drawing the opposing line into a celebratory pursuit, the battle would be over quickly. On the other hand, should it not work, military history had shown that, demoralized by their failure, those who had attempted the tactic might actually flee the field in earnest. At Hastings, the feigned retreat worked well. Some Anglo-Saxon troops were able to remain in their lines, but many others broke and pursued the “retreating” Normans, only to realize too late that the cavalry had turned around and returned to the attack. Very few of the English troops who run down the hill after the Normans could escape the re-charging horsemen and they were ridden down and slain. Among these were Harold’s two brothers, Gyrth and Leofwine, who had served as his lieutenants that day. The battle had changed so quickly that Harold Godwinson could do little more than try to regroup those soldiers who had not fallen for the Norman’s tactical trick. He attempted to form them again into a shield wall; however, this group proved to be too fatigued and disorganized to resist the Normans for long. They remained with their king until he was killed.…show more content…
William still had to face some opposition in the kingdom but these pockets of resistance were quickly crushed. William the Bastard, Duke of Normandy and Count of Maine, had become William the Conqueror, King of England. Few battles in all history have been as decisive as Hastings. The outcome of October 14, 1066, was to wrench England from the Northern axis of Scandinavia and the North Sea around to a profound involvement with the Southern, Latin world. Henceforth the Northern world waned, and the Latin world blossomed into the glory of the High Middle Ages and the
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