Battle of Hastings Events
King Harold’s men took a defensive position using a shield wall technique on the top of Senlac Hill while William’s archers tried to weaken the shield wall. The shield wall held up strong as the arrows did little damage to King Harold’s men. William sent a wave of infantry to attack the English line, but the hill offered the advantage to the English as they attacked with battle-axes and spears and quickly defeated the small infantry wave (Weir 2001). King Harold’s position on top of Senlac Hill, along with the strength and protection of the English shield wall, proved to be a valuable position for the English appeared to be winning (Figure 1).
Early in the afternoon, the Breton flank attached to William’s army retreated along with the Norman centerline and the right flank of the English immediately broke off to pursue the Breton...
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...le to make the finishing blow to King Harold’s remaining men. While King Harold did not plan for it, his position on top of Senlac Hill saved his men from the immediate attack of William. King Harold and his men may have been eliminated sooner had they not taken the position on Senlac Hill.
King Harold’s grave mistake came when he rushed to regroup a weak army to defend an attack from William. From the time he was informed of William arriving, Harold conducted no real planning besides acquiring men for he feared that more Normans would arrive to support William. King Harold had no proof of Norman reinforcements and his actions were hasty and ill mannered; had he taken the extra time to prepare a proper army for battle and received a full report on how many men William had along with what weaponry they had, King Harold would have been better prepared for the fight.
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