History - On This Day - 14 October 1066 - Battle of Hastings

On 14 October 1066 the Battle of Hastings took place near Hastings,
East Sussex in England.


In January 1066 King Edward the Confessor died childless. After his death, there
was a huge struggle between various claimants to his throne.

King Harold Goldwinson was crowned very soon after the death of King Edward
the Confessor.

But soon he saw lots of troubles. First of all he faced invasions by
William of Normandy, his own brother Tostig and King Harald III of Norway.

On 20 September 1066, the Battle of Stamford Bridge took place, this left
William of Normandy, also called William the Conqueror as his only concurrent.

On 28 September 1066, William of Normandy started to conquer England.

On 14 October 1066, the Battle of Hastings took place, then the Normans were
on the winning hand. King Harold Goldwinson was killed.

On Christmas 1066, William of Normandy was crowned King of England.


The Battle of Hastings gained publicity inter alia due to the Bayeux Tapestry.

Bishop Odo of Bayeux (the half brother of William the Conqueror probably
gave the order for the Tapestry.

This work really is famous around the world. People can visit this work in the
Musée de la Tapisserie de Bayeux, check this link .

Source pictures: Wikipedia

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