How Did William Win the Battle of Hastings

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Why did William win the battle of Hastings? In this essay I am writing about why William Duke of Normandy won the battle of Hastings. At the time of Edward the confessor there were three claimants to the English throne. One of the claimants was Harold’s. He believed he should be on the throne because he was Edward the confessor’s brother; he was born in England and was the most powerful English earl. The next claimant was William duke of Normandy. William believed he should be king because Edward the confessor promised him the throne for his support and Harold swore an oath on holy relics that he would be king. The last claimant to the throne was Harald Hardraada; Harold believed he should be king because there had been Viking kings…show more content…
When the battle had started the Norman army got could not break down the shield wall. * Hoar Apple Tree Caldbec Hill Telham Hill French Norman Breton Senlac Hill King Harold London Hastings William English shieldwall Battle of Hastings, October 1066 William’s army Archers Infantry Cavalry * During the battle the Normans struggled to break down the shield wall. They could not break the shield wall. After a while the Normans started to think that William was dead they started to retreat but William took of his helmet and said “I’m still alive”. The English opened the shield wall and charged down hill but the Normans were confident again Harold was killed and that was the fight. Harold could have been victories if he kept his wall strong and not charged down hill. The main reasons William won were that the English charged down hill and that gave them an opportunity. BY ARJAN SINGH 7H This picture shows the lineup of the army before the battle. It is Cleary shown that William had a stronger army and lots more men. This picture shows the English shield wall during the battle and how effective it was against the
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