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Why William Won the Battle of Hastings

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Why William Won the Battle of Hastings

The Battle of Hastings in 1066 saw Harold the king of England defeated
by William, Duke of Normandy. It was a great victory for William, he
became King of England and was called 'William the Conqueror.' There
were many reasons for William's victory such as religious support, a
well-prepared army, weather, more effective weapons and most
importantly superior tactics. Another important factor, which occurs
in most battles in history, is that of luck. Throughout the battle it
seemed that William was more fortunate than Harold. As much as William
earned victory, Harold made some bad judgments and serious tactical
mistakes.

Good preparation is the foundation for battle victories and in 1066 it
was William who was better prepared. He had spent months getting ready
for invasion in the safety and shelter of Normandy. Harold was not so
well prepared as he was busy sorting out his claim of kingship. Even
though he was king he had to convince people that he was the true and
lawful successo...


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... through and killed Harold. His army was so shattered by the death of
their leader that their morale went down and they could no longer
fight. The fact that the entire battle only took ten hours showed the
ruthlessness of the Normans and made any Saxon retaliation impossible.

Books/Websites

1066 Year of Destiny- Terence Wise

William the Conqueror- Philip Ardagh

The Enigma of Hastings- Edwin Tetlow (English Historical Documents)

About.com- Battle of Hastings

1066.com

Britannica 2001 CD ROM

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