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The Battle of Stamford Bridge

King Harold arrived early in the morning on Monday 25th September 1066.  He had rushed to the scene.  The Vikings had not expected him so soon.  King Harold managed to surprise them.

However, while King Harold concentrated Definition on the Viking
invasion Definition, Internal link Duke William had already begun his own invasion Definition on the South Coast.

Using his surprise attack King Harold's forces cut the Vikings to pieces.  Harold Hardrada took an arrow full in his chest.  It was a tremendous victory for King Harold.

The Viking invasion force had arrived in 300 ships.  They were so badly defeated that the survivors limped home in just 24!

King Harold was ecstatic Definition.  He had defended his kingdom.


  However, was it just a costly distraction Definition ...?
Was it a sign that King Harold was unbeatable?

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