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The Battle of Hastings reenactment

I had been wanting to attend this event for the last two years, and yesterday, my dream came true. It was called off last year due to continuous rainfall (water-logged ground), and back in the summer when I heard it was on, I booked tickets immediately.

As per my last post, everyone is (should be) aware of the battle that took place on Senlac Ridge on the 14th October 1066. King Harold Godwinson and his array of exhausted men, traveled from Yorkshire. The reason they were so exhausted, was because they had beaten Harald Hardrada, Tostig Godwinson and the Scandinavian army at Stamford Bridge (26th September). He was in London within four days (!), and after quickly rounding up farmers, shop-keepers, any man capable of fighting, he marched further south when he heard that the Duke William was causing havoc in Pevensey (East Sussex). The two armies met at Senlac Ridge, and with the English forming a shield wall, the Norman army relied on heavy cavalry, crossbows and infantry (whom were on foot).

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They fought for the best part of the whole day, and of course, the Duke was victorious and as per last post, Harold Godwinson was cut down brutally by four Norman knights.
The question is, what would've happened to England if Harold had won? What would've happened if Harold had lost at Stamford Bridge and Hardrada had beaten William?
It is fascinating to think about. One of the important things to remember however, is that Duke William himself, was not French. Even though he was the Duke of Normandy, he was a mere vassal of the King of France. Normandy was a separate duchy so the Duke, if he wished, was able to fight for the English crown. He had papal authority since Harold himself had sworn an oath on holy relics only two or three years before. (I believe he was tricked into it, but that's another story) ;)

The Saxon camp - go Harold!

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It was a brilliant day and if this sort of things interest you, then please attend next year! There is also a literary tent - Helen Hollick and Stewart Binns were fab :)

baxter jeans - topshop via ebay (around £7)
coat - topshop via a charity shop (£8.95)
wellies - primark (£12) - bought especially!!

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