Norman Conquest of England

The Battle of Hastings was fought on 14 October 1066 between the Norman army of Duke William II of Normandy and an English army under the Anglo-Saxon King Harold II and took place approximately 11 kilometres north-west of Hastings close to the town of Battle in East Sussex.

The exact size of the armies is unknown; however it is estimated that William had around 10,000 soldiers (half of them infantry the other half split evenly between Calvary and Archers) while Harold had about 7,000 (almost entirely of infantry, a few archers and no Calvary).

William advanced on London, marching around the coast of Kent. Defeated an English force that attacked him at Southwark but was unable to storm London Bridge, forcing him to reach the capital by a more circuitous route.

William moved up the Thames valley to cross the river at Wallingford, where he received the submission of Stigand. He then travelled north-east along the Chilterns, before advancing towards London from the north-west, fighting further engagements against forces from the city. The English leaders surrendered to William at Berkhamsted in Hertfordshire. William was acclaimed King of England and crowned by Ealdred on 25th December 1066 in Westminster Abbey.

Sources:

wikipedia: Battle of Hastings

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