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Preparing for battle

King Harold rushed south, and camped at the top of Senlac Hill about 5 miles from Hastings.

The next day (October 14th) the Normans began forming a battle line at the bottom of the hill.  The two armies shouted insults and taunts Definition at each other.

The two armies were roughly the same size,  but there were important differences between them.

Explore the two forces - click on each force to find out more about their weapons and armour.
 

Saxon forces
Saxon forces

 

Housecarls
  Fyrd
  Others

 


Norman forces
  Knights
  Archers
  Mercenaries

Reset how the sides lined up

 

  Was one force superior Definition to the other?
How would the battle end?

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Last updated Wednesday, 02 July 2003