Battle of Hastings
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Coordinates: 50°54′43″N 0°29′15″E / 50.91194°N 0.48750°E / 50.91194; 0.48750
The Battle of Hastings
Part of the Norman conquest of England
Harold Rex Interfectus Est: "King Harold was killed". Scene from the Bayeux Tapestry depicting the Battle of Hastings and the death of Harold.
14 October 1066
Battle near Hastings, East Sussex, England
Decisive Norman victory
Commanders and leaders
William of Normandy
Alan the Red
Eustace II, Count of Boulogne
Harold Godwinson †
Gyrth Godwinson †
Leofwine Godwinson †
Unknown, estimates range from 7,000 to 12,000
Unknown, estimates range from 5,000 to 13,000
Norman conquest of England
Battle of Fulford
Battle of Stamford Bridge
Battle of Hastings
Harrying of the North
Revolt of the Earls
The Battle of Hastings was fought on 14 October 1066 between the Norman-French army of Duke William II of Normandy and an English army under the Anglo-Saxon King Harold II, beginning the Norman conquest of England. It took place approximately 7 miles (11 kilometres) northwest of Hastings, close to the present-day town of Battle, East Sussex, and was a decisive Norman victory.
The background to the battle was the death of the childless King Edward the Confessor in January 1066, which set up a succession struggle between several claimants to his throne. Harold was crowned king shortly after Edward's death, but faced invasions by William, his own brother Tostig and the Norwegian King Harald Hardrada (Harold III of Norway). Hardrada and Tostig defeated a hastily gathered army of Englishmen at the Battle of Fulford on 20 September 1066, and were in turn defeated by Harold at the Battle of Stamford Bridge five days later. The deaths of Tostig and Hardrada at...