Why did William win the Battle of Hastings?
In January 5th 1066, the English King, Edward the Confessor died of old age. However, rather than having his son as the next king, he had no obvious heirs which led to the throne. This led to three men who wanted the throne, Harold Godwinson, William Duke of Normandy and the Viking Harald Hardrada. Because Harold Godwinson was an important English nobleman, he was successfully crowed the new King of England. Because of having two other men who wanting the throne, the new King was facing real major problems against Harald up in the north, while having William right down at the south. Harold successfully defeated Harald up in the north but failed to win over the Norman Duke, William. This was of three main reasons, that Harold was unlucky, Harold was a bad leader and William was a good leader.
The first reason, Harold was unlucky is one of the most important reason that structures why William, not Harold won the Battle of Hastings. The very first reason is that the English saw the Halley’s Comet which is a shooting star visible every 75 years to the naked eye. In 1066, the comet was seen in England and thought to be an omen phenomenon that is believed to foretell the future. Later that year Harold of England died at the Battle of Hastings which explains that the omen was true to the English.
Later that year, when Harold was crowed as king, he needed to fight against two other men fighting for the throne. Because William was delayed waiting for the wind to change to bring his army across the Isle of Wight to south England, Harald Hardraada arrived at the mouth of River Tyne at 20th September in the north. This led to King Harold marching from all the way south to the north instantly to invade with Harald. This meant Harold was unlucky and in a desperate position as he was planning to prepare for Williams invasion down at the south but the wind was not blowing in the right position which led to Harald Hardraada...