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The two sides line up

Senlac Hill was a good defensive Definition position.  

Senlac Hill

King Harold knew the Normans had knights on horseback.  They would find it difficult to fight uphill.  Streams on either side of the hill made it difficult to surround Definition King Harold's forces.

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Harold and his men were in a better position.  However, Harold didn't have his best forces - many were injured or just exhausted Definition after the Battle of Stamford Bridge.

See how the two sides lined up

 See the battlefield as it looks today



about 7,000 men
Good defensive position
Were his men at full strength?


about 7,000 men
Waiting at the bottom of the hill
Would horsemen cope with the hill?


  Both forces stood ready. 
The fight for the throne of England was about to begin!

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