The Battle of Hastings is one of the most widely studied battles in medieval history. Yet despite the importance that research shows geography to play in the outcome of such conflicts, few studies have examined in detail the landscape of the battle or the role the landscape played in its eventual outcome.
The tension created by the two-court system is an integral part of England’s administrative and constitutional history. Exactly how integral has generated a considerable amount of scholarly work, from explanations of the sources of the conflict, to how the disagreement over jurisdiction was addressed throughout the Middle Ages, to what impact the issue had in shaping England’s overall political development.
This paper, in examining the reigns of the Ethelred, Canute, Harold Harefoot and Hardicanute, and Edward the Confessor, will show how they came to power, the legacy each left – if any — and how the events during each reign ultimately led to the Battle of Hastings, with William the Conqueror’s victory changing England forever.
The Myth of the “Invincibility” of the Norman Cavalry Charge in the Eleventh Century: a Comparative Analysis of the Battles of Hastings (1066) and Dyrrachium (1081)
Trial by Combat for the English Throne: Assessing King Harold Godwineson During the Norwegian and Norman Invasions of 1066
The Justification of the Conquest Chapter 1 of Conquered England: Kingship, Succession, and Tenure 1066-1166
The Justification of the Conquest Chapter 1 of Conquered England: Kingship, Succession, and Tenure 1066-1166 Garnett, George Abstract The author of the D manuscript of the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle was almost certainly a member of Archbishop Ealdred of York’s household. He was, therefore, probably at the centre of events during 1066, and his testimony deserves to be […]
The Bayeux Tapestry: a stripped narative for their eyes and ears Brilliant, Richard Word and Image, Vol..7, (1991) Abstract The Bayeaux Tapestry, a masterpiece of medieval narrative art, tells the highly politicised story of the ascension to the English crown, held by Edward the Confessor. The historical narrative begins in 1064 while Edward was still […]
More about Magnus, Count of Wroclaw Skarbek-Kozietulski, Marek Genealogia Mediaevalis Genetica, August 4, (2011) Abstract Twentieth-century German medieval researchers saw Piotr Wlostowic, the famous Palatine of the Polish Duke Wladyslaw II the Exile, as a grandson of Magnus, the Count (Comes) of Wroclaw. They argued this from two sources, the records of Gallus Anonymus’ “Polish […]
What was the true identity of Magnus, Count of Wroclaw? Skarbek-Kozietulski, Marek Genealogia Mediaevalis Genetica (2010) Abstract Which clan of Polish medieval nobility1 derives its male lineage from Count Magnus of Wroclaw? This man of noble birth, who bore a mysteriously non-Slavic name, was mentioned twice in the Chronicle of Gallus Anonymus. This vexed question has […]
The case describes the Battle of Hastings, placing emphasis on the decisions made by Harold Godwinson, the last Anglo-Saxon King of England. First the events leading up to the battle are presented to provide the context and show the preparations undertaken by Harold. Next the Battle itself is explored.
The Mercian Connection, Harold Godwineson’s Ambitions, Diplomacy and Channel-crossing, 1056 -1066 VAN KEMPEN,AD F. J. (Tilburg, The Netherlands) History, Volume 94, Issue 313 (2009) Abstract It is supposed that the Vita Ædwardi contains some information about Harold’s dealings with William of Normandy in 1064. This article links these covert references with William of Poitiers’ statements […]
The strange death of King Harold II: Propaganda and the problem of legitimacy in the aftermath of the Battle of Hastings
The strange death of King Harold II: Propaganda and the problem of legitimacy in the aftermath of the Battle of Hastings By Chris Dennis The Historian (2009) Introduction: How did King Harold II die at the Battle of Hastings? The question is simple enough and the answer is apparently well known. Harold was killed by […]