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Harold Godwinson was made king in 1066. Harold Godwinson marched down to the South coast because he was expecting William on the south coast. William did not arrive because the gales kept blowing him back to France. Then Hardrada landed in the north so Harold and his army marched 200 miles north. The battle took place at Stanford Bridge. Harold Godwinson won the battle. News broke that William had landed on the south coast. Harold marched 250 miles back. The next battle took place at Hastings. Harold made a shield wall on Senlac Hill. William could not break the shield wall so the Normans pretended to run away. The Anglo-Saxons could not resist this and ran after them. They had broken the shield wall. William and his army stopped and ran up the hill. One of Williams's army shot an arrow and hit Godwinson in the eye. William won the battle and was crowned on Christmas day. He was named William the Conqueror.
William had taken over England by 1070. He had also taken over the southeast of England by 1066. By 1068 William had taken over the southwest and the Midlands of England. By 1070 he had taken over a part of Wales and the northeast.
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