10 Interesting Facts about Battle of Hastings

You will be informed with Facts about Battle of Hastings in the following post. This battle is very important in English history. It involved two opposing sides. The first side was the Duke of Normandy, William with his Norman-French Army who fought against Harold Godwinson. Harold was the Anglo-Saxon King. The Battle of Hastings signified the Norman Conquest in England. Let us get other interesting facts about Battle of Hastings below:

Facts about Battle of Hastings 1: the battlefield

The battlefield of Battle of Hastings was located 1 km or 7 mi northwest of Hastings. That is why the battle is named after the location. The battle ended with the victory for Duke of Normandy.

Facts about Battle of Hastings 2: the death of King Edward

King Edward the Confessor passed away in January 1066. He had no child to succeed the throne of England. Some people claimed the throne. After the death of King Edward, Harold became his successor. However, the Duke of Normandy, William claimed and tried to take over his throne.

Battle of Hastings Map

Battle of Hastings Map

Facts about Battle of Hastings 3: invasion

William the Conqueror, Harold III of Norway or Norwegian King Harald Hardrada and Tostig were the claimants who wanted to take over the kingdom of England from Harold.

Facts about Battle of Hastings 4: Battle of Fulford

On September 20th, 1066, the Battle of Fulford marked the defeated English army at the hand of Tostig and Hardrada. Five days later, Harold defeated the army of Tostig and Hardrada at Battle of Stamford Bridge.

Battle of Hastings

Battle of Hastings

Facts about Battle of Hastings 5: the only serious opponent

The only serious opponent for Harold was William after the death of Tostig and Hardrada.

Facts about Battle of Hastings 6: the number of forces

There is no exact source related to the number of forces involved during the Battle of Hastings.  The scholars made an estimation related to the number of soldiers of Harold and William. Harold had 7,000 forces, while William had 10,000 forces.

Facts about Battle of Hastings

Facts about Battle of Hastings

Facts about Battle of Hastings 7: the death of Harold

The end of Battle of Hastings was marked by the death of Harold. His English army was on the defeat and retreat.

Facts about Battle of Hastings 8: as a king

On Christmas Day 1066, William became the king of England. England was conquered by the Normans.

Battle of Hastings Facts

Battle of Hastings Facts

Facts about Battle of Hastings 9: the reign of William

During the reign of William as a king, a number of resistance and rebellions occurred.

Facts about Battle of Hastings 10: the body of Harold

A number of stories emerged related to the dead body of Harold. One story believes that William threw his body on the sea even though Harold’s mother offered him with gold.

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